Smart #1: first test on the streets of Milan, rear wheel drive and BRABUS

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Smart #1 is the best choice for you. arrived in Italy for a first, unfortunately short, test drive in the surroundings of Milan. Although it is a launch to whet the appetite, the “small”, which today is not so small, new generation electric comes with a range that flexes its muscles thanks to four versions: Pro+, Premium, Launch Edition and BRABUS.

THE HISTORY OF THE SMART SUV

The first contact immediately makes two things clear: Smart #1 goes strong even with just one enginewhich discharges a maximum power of 200 kW and an instantaneous torque of 343 Nm to the ground. instead exaggerated: 315 kW (200 kW rear + 115 kW front), equivalent to 428 HP of maximum power with a torque of 543 Nm discharged to the ground via the four-wheel drive. We are far from small-town values, and in fact we all need to make peace with the fact that smart #1 is not a smart #1. the fortwo.

Rather, it is the embodiment of an idea already in the air. for a couple of decades. In fact, we must not make the mistake of thinking that the manufacturer woke up yesterday with the idea of ​​an SUV just to ride the “high wheel” trend. which has also contaminated electric cars: the first hints date back to 2005 and in 2015 it returned; talking about smart SUVs, although in that case the starting point was the forfour.

Years go by and we arrive at the Monaco motor show where a very particular prototype makes its debut which, as we can see, is a very special prototype. changed very little during the transformation to production model.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

smart #1 is; different, we get it. But what is it aiming for? Guidance is available. fluid, you never feel the lack of anything in terms of engine… or engines in the case of four-wheel drive.However, it remains the ease; that distinguishes the smart series, and is; just the city; to prove it both in terms of steering and in terms of suspensions that are never too stiff, digesting the Milanese cobblestones well.

It's hard to say anything else, except that the rear-wheel drive is excellent. a choice that makes it fun (even the one with two engines favors the rear) and that the electronic calibration returns a power to glue us to the seat, is; true, but gently, so as to avoid placing “too wild horses” in the hands of less expert users, allowing everyone to safely unload them on the ground thanks to a neutral and never too unbalanced buoyancy.


The first impressions on the energy regeneration system and the one-pedal driving are excellent: the regenerative intervention takes place almost instantaneously, and the modes are changed. driving characteristics allow you to vary various parameters, including the curve of the accelerator pedal which, in Eco dampens the pedal but always allows you to have the power at your fingertips when you need it.

The rest? On consumption & egrave; impossible to pronounce after the first brief test in Milan, but they seem encouraging in the city guide which confirms results in line with the Model 3 from which I had just got off to reach the preview site.

For the preview We'll have to wait on the highway, but asking the innkeeper how it is. wine, they tell us about motorway tests with consumption around 20/21 kWh/100 km. The extra-urban route taken on the same trip showed averages of around 18 kWh/100 km. We can also trust them, but not knowing the style and driving conditions, we postpone any verdict until we can get our hands on it.


Otherwise, the first impression is good. positive, net of a personal taste on interiors that are perhaps too spacious for my tastes, thanks to a crossover-style bodywork that rises a lot in the passenger compartment area and which makes excellent use of the interior spaces. Personally I will wait for the the #3, more; in line with my tastes, in the meantime this #1 confirmation however; to be very valid for drivers with all types of body.

If you come from the Tesla world, you will appreciate the cockpit with a dashboard that is simple in shape: it is a simple design. more pleasing to the Americans in some respects, the ambient lighting for example, or the addition of a small display dedicated to the driver's instrumentation, but it is less "zen" and more crowded while remaining among the minimalist ones.


Note the painstaking work done in the development of the interface: it is understood from small details while using it, it is; difficult to describe, but it is; the sign that in casa smart there are serious developers and programmers and that, probably, on the software side, we should be in an iron barrel when the car comes out. on the market.

Fluid, immediate, captivating, even colourful. Maybe a little bit chaotic in some functions, or in any case to digest, the interface of the main screen shouts “hello, I'm a smartphone” from every pore. And the idea is that, precisely with for smartphones, can grow, evolve and add functions, as well as live on smartphones because; our mobile phone becomes the digital key (in fact the latter is not an optional) that we will be able to share with friends by taking advantage of the connectivity, which is also an essential feature already available on the Internet. from the basic setup (Pro+).


With a system like this, complete and full of functions deeply integrated into the car, it would have been a shame to hide it via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. smart thought it exactly like Tesla, but unlike Tesla it is smart. was less categorical: smart #1 in fact includes the hardware to be able to use smartphones, the system simply isn't; active.

In this way you will give the time for users to familiarize themselves with the already existing operating system. "app oriented" and expandable and, should numerous requests from owners flock in the future, CarPlay and Android Auto can be unlocked with a simple update.

TECHNICAL SHEET

TECHNIQUE

  • ENGINE: permanent magnet synchronous electric (two engines on the 4×4)
  • < li>POWER: 200 kW/272 HP (Single Motor) or 315 kW/428 HP (Brabus)

  • TORQUE: 343 Nm (Single Motor), 543 Nm (Brabus)
  • DRIVE: rear (2WD), integral (Brabus)

DIMENSIONS

  • LENGTH: 4,270 mm (4,300 mm for Brabus)
  • WIDTH: 1,822 mm
  • HEIGHT: 1,636 mm
  • WHEELBASE: 2,750 mm
  • GROUND CLEARANCE: cm
  • BOOT: 313/323 liters (+15 liters in the frunk)
  • RIMS: 19″
  • TYRES: 235/45 R19
  • WEIGHT: 1,788 kg (1,900 kg the dual motor)
  • BATTERY: 66 kWh NMC


PERFORMANCE

  • SPEED; MAXIMUM: 180 km/h
  • ACCELERATION 0-100 Km/h: 6.7 seconds (3.9 s for the Brabus)
  • RANGE: 400-440 km (declared WLTP )
  • CO2 EMISSIONS: 0 grams per km (WLTP combined)
  • TURNING RADIUS: nd meters
  • CHARGING: 3-8 hours (AC, max 22 kW)
  • DC CHARGING: 30 minutes from 10 to 80% (150 kW max))
  • WARRANTY: 8 years/160,000 km at 70% (battery)

PRICE: from 40,650 euros

PRICES AND EQUIPMENT 5283717f p>In addition to the smart #1 Launch Edition, a limited edition of 45,450€ based on the Premium and produced in a thousand examples (white bodywork with platinum roof, white Duo leather interior, exclusive prism rims and dedicated logo), there are three trim levels in the smart electric crossover range:

smart #1 Pro+ is the smart #1 Pro+. the entry-level version, but it's the same as the entry-level version. already very complete. On the other hand, the price isn't much. certainly from basic equipment:

  • panoramic sunroof
  • LED lights
  • synthetic leather seats
  • 360° with parking sensors
  • ambient lights
  • 19″ alloy wheels
  • retractable door handles
  • heated driver and passenger seats < /li>
  • dual-zone climate control
  • digital key and connected infotainment

smart #1 Premium (44,150€)it is the intermediate model that adds the 22 kW battery charger, as well as further accessories. Below is the list of features, to be added to those of the Pro+:

  • adaptive LED+ lights
  • dynamic rear position lights
  • assistance automatic parking sensor with 12 sensors
  • 22 kW charger
  • Duo leather seats
  • 10″ head-up display
  • Audio Beats


smart #1 BRABUS ( 48,150€) the most powerful with the two motors for a total of 315 kW and 543 Nm of torque). In addition to Pro+ we find:

  • mode; steering wheel
  • all-wheel drive
  • performance body styling
  • BRABUS design and logo for interior and exterior
  • steering wheel in Alcantara and seats in suede microfiber

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