In 2019, Geely bought 50% of smart from Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), forming both companies a joint venture to jointly manage the German brand. While the Chinese group will be in charge of the technical development of its new products, the Germans will be responsible for its exterior and interior design.
The first model of this new era, the smart #1, was introduced just a few months ago. This small 4.27-meter-long SUV will have to compete against rivals such as the DS 3 Crossback, as well as the future Alfa Romeo Brennero, Jeep Jeepster, and MINI Aceman, the latter being the most similar to our protagonist in its approach.
Based on Geely’s SEA modular platform, the smart #1 will be produced exclusively in China for the rest of the world. At the time of its launch, a single rear-wheel-drive version with 272 hp (200 kW of power) was presented; however, those responsible for the brand confirmed that later the range would be completed with new variants.
Now smart has released a sneak peek of what will be the sporty Brabus version. Aesthetically, the new model will differ from the standard #1 smart by the use of a red illuminated grille, two air intakes above the headlamps, more aerodynamically designed wheels, and a larger rear spoiler.
The smart #1 Brabus will rival the MINI Aceman JCW
Some elements of the bodywork will be painted in red. This will be the case with the floating roof, the mirrors, the side skirts, the rear diffuser, and the brake calipers. Brand logos will take on a matte hue. It is to be hoped that some changes will also be introduced in the passenger compartment that will reinforce its sporty character.
However, the biggest modification will be found under the skin, as the smart #1 Brabus is expected to add a second motor on the front axle, which will give it an all-wheel drive and more than 400 hp. Most likely, some modifications will be made at the chassis level so that the vehicle can digest the extra power without losing its composure.
The 66 kWh battery pack with NCM (nickel, cobalt, manganese) cells may remain unchanged, although its autonomy should be less than the 440 km WLTP of the rear-wheel-drive smart #1, which can charge at powers of up to 22 kW in alternating current (10-80% in less than 3 hours) and 150 kW in direct current (10-80% in less than 30 minutes).