Smart will aim at the premium end of the booming small SUV segment with the production version of its Concept #1.
The four-seat concept previews the first series-production model of a new generation of Smart cars planned by Daimler and its Chinese partner, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
The concept is "characterized by progressive design, premium equipment and advanced technology," Smart's sales and marketing chief, Daniel Lescow, said in a statement.
The Concept #1 was unveiled on Sept. 5.
The production version is being developed by Geely and styled by Mercedes-Benz Design.
The concept debuts "a completely new design DNA" for Smart, Gorden Wagener, head of design for Mercedes parent Daimler, said in the statement. "The new sporty Concept #1 is a redefinition of the Smart brand in a very cool, grown-up way," he added.
The SUV will use Geely's Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA). The modular electric vehicle platform will also underpin cars from Geely-owned Volvo Cars and Lynk & CO.
Geely says the architecture will offer a driving range of up to 700 km (435 miles) and greatly reduced charging times thanks to 800-volt technology.
The platform allows for the fitment of long-range batteries as well as a new-generation vehicle software that facilities over the air (OTA) updates for 75 percent of the car's electronic control units. A central computer controls the infotainment, driver assistance functions, and the E/E (electric/electronic architecture).
Smart said the production car will have a high level of driver assistance features, including self-parking and automatic "evasive" steering.
The Concept #1’s design contrasts a so-called "floating roof" with a lower body that has been styled to look more robust in keeping with other SUVs. Design elements in the lower element of the body are colored black and gray to emphasize the robustness.