New Smart #3 electric SUV leaked online

Smart’s largest car ever is expected to arrive in 2023, along with a 422bhp Brabus-tuned version

The first images of Smart’s next electric car have surfaced online, with the brand’s new zero-emissions coupe-SUV expected to make its official debut in 2023.

Details of the new Smart #3 and a high-performance version likely to be badged as the Smart #3 Brabus were submitted to China’s Ministry of Industry and Technology, with the name suggesting that a more conventional SUV called the #2 is also in the works. 

The leaked images show the Smart #3’s design language is a subtle evolution of the smaller Smart #1 electric crossover that launched earlier this year. Both cars feature a smooth, swooping design with full-width light bars at the front and rear, plus a sloping roofline similar to other coupe-esque family cars like the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV and Volkswagen ID.5.

However, at 4.4 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.6 metres tall, the Smart #3 will be smaller than both the Skoda and Volkswagen. It will still be longer than the Smart #1, which measures in at just under 4.3 metres in length, and in fact the coupe’s dimensions will make it the largest car ever to wear the Smart badge.

A potential rival to the Smart #3 is the next-generation MINI Countryman, which is going to be available with electric power, but isn’t due to arrive until 2024.

The Smart #3 is expected to make use of the same SEA platform as the Smart #1 and that’s also serving as underpinnings for Volvo’s baby electric SUV being unveiled in 2023.

The size of the #3’s battery hasn’t been divulged yet, and neither has its range or maximum charging speed. But the homologation filings did reveal that the standard Smart #3 will feature a single electric producing 268bhp, which we expect will be sent to the rear wheels. Meanwhile, the Brabus-tuned version is due to receive a 422bhp dual-motor powertrain.

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