smart #1

  • 2024 smart #1 Premium review – the good and the bad

    The 2024 smart #1 is surely one of the most interesting EVs on sale in Malaysia today, so here’s my full in-depth video review of it, covering everything that’s good and bad about it. As usual it’s a pretty lengthy video, but it covers pretty much all you need to know about smart’s new entry into the Malaysian EV market.

    Specifically, this video focuses on the mid-spec, RM219,000 smart #1 Premium which to me, is the variant to go for for most customers. It has a larger battery and longer range than the base RM189,000 #1 Pro, and a more likable, friendlier styling and more comfortable ride than the top spec RM249,000 #1 Brabus. Certainly helps that it’s more than quick enough for most people too.

    Another highlight is its sheer efficiency. smart may claim a decent 440 km range for the #1 Premium, but in almost 500 km in my hands, I averaged a power consumption of just 13.2 kWh/100 km for a full range of up to 470 km! This is the very first EV I’ve tested that exceeded its WLTP claimed range on Malaysian roads. Impressive.

    Beyond the basics, the smart also has a key advantage over other EVs in Malaysia – an excellent integration of the local charging network in the country. The on-board system can map out exactly how far within Malaysia you can go with the current state of charge and plan your journeys for you. This includes making recommendations on where to stop for a quick charge if necessary. You can even pay for JomCharge, ChargEV and Gentari chargers via the Hello smart app.

    Anyway, do watch the review above to find out what else I like (and don’t like) about the new smart #1. Would you agree with me that this is a better buy than a BMW iX1 and Mercedes-Benz EQA? Do comment below!

     
     
  • 2024 smart #1 walk-around video tour – up to 440 km range; from RM189k; most ideal EV for Malaysia yet?

    2024 smart #1 walk-around video tour – up to 440 km range; from RM189k; most ideal EV for Malaysia yet?

    It was a long wait, but after several previews, the smart #1 made its launch debut in November last year and we finally got our hands on one for a more detailed walk-around video tour. A full review is coming up soon, so stay tuned to paultan.org for when it comes out.

    Anyway, the response to the #1 has been positive, with 1,000 bookings received in the weeks since the electric vehicle (EV) went on sale. Before 2023 drew to a close, smart Malaysia also revealed that it had delivered 100 units, with more expected to make their way to customers this year.

    In our walk-around video tour, Hafriz Shah says the #1 may well be the most ideal EV for the Malaysian market yet, pointing out some impressive highlights that make it stand out in what is becoming a crowded market.

    As a brief recap, the #1 was developed and produced by smart Automobile, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Geely. Built on the latter’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) and styled by the former, the #1 is offered in three variants in Malaysia.

    The one featured here is the mid-range Premium, which retails for RM219,000 on-the-road without insurance and offers a WLTP-rated range of 440 km. This is thanks to a 66-kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery which powers a rear-mounted electric motor rated at 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h.

    Beneath the Premium is the Pro that offers less range (315 km WLTP; 49 kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery) and is cheaper at RM189,000, while a step up is the Brabus variant at RM249,000. The Brabus model uses the same battery as the Premium but it has dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup serving up 428 PS (422 hp or 315 kW) and 543 Nm. This sees the century sprint time drop to just 3.9 seconds (same top speed) at the expense of 40 km of driving range.

    One advantage of going with the Premium (or Brabus) is its onboard AC charger that can handle up to 22 kW (the Pro will only do 7.2 kW), so getting the battery from a 10-80% state of charge (SoC) takes just three hours instead of 7.5 hours. DC fast charging is at 150 kW for all variants, with just 22 minutes needed for the Pro to get from 10-80% SoC, or 30 minutes for the Premium and Brabus.

    The #1 variants are also well equipped, with all variants coming standard with useful features as well as a comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). If you want to know more about the #1, watch our walk-around video and share with us your thoughts about the #1 in the comments below.

     
     
  • smart #1 EV reaches 1,000 bookings – free 60GB data, RM2k of accessories, charger worth RM3.2k till Dec 31

    smart #1 EV reaches 1,000 bookings – free 60GB data, RM2k of accessories, charger worth RM3.2k till Dec 31

    Bookings for the smart #1 has reached 1,000 units within weeks of the EV’s official launch on November 21. What’s amazing is that smart Malaysia is targeting sales of 1,000 units in 2024, so that’s next year’s target hit in less than a month!

    The reborn brand – a JV between Geely and Mercedes-Benz and distributed by Proton subsidiary Pro-Net in Malaysia – currently has 10 dealers across six states.

    “The success of smart #1 reflects not only the excellence of our product but also our dedication to providing a seamless and enjoyable ownership experience,” said Zhang Qiang, CEO of smart Malaysia.

    “The comprehensive warranty coverage, complimentary packages, and the smartCharge Home Charger offer are a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction. Delivery is also a pivotal aspect, and our team is diligently working to ensure timely delivery of cars to our valued customers,” he added.

    smart #1 EV reaches 1,000 bookings – free 60GB data, RM2k of accessories, charger worth RM3.2k till Dec 31

    While the Hello smart app provides smart #1 owners with ‘end-to-end solutions’ from booking the car to charging and monitoring charging status, smart Malaysia says that the dealerships facilitate the purchasing process and also ‘ensure top-notch post-purchase service, offering expert guidance to customers’.

    As for the warranty package mentioned by Zhang, the smart #1 comes with an eight-year or 200,000 km EV battery warranty, an eight-year or 150,000 km high-voltage component warranty, and a four-year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty for the rest of the car. There’s also a two-year unlimited mileage spare parts warranty and 24/7 roadside service assistance.

    The EV also comes with an early-bird package that throws in perks such as a complimentary accessories package worth RM2,000, a five-year 60 GB data plan, and a limited-time offer of a complimentary smartCharge Home Charger valued at RM3,200. This special offer is valid until December 31, 2023.

    Here’s a recap of the car. Prices start from RM189,000 for the Pro single-motor. The Premium single-motor goes for RM219,000, while high-performance Brabus dual-motor range-topper goes for a reasonable RM249,000.

    The new smart is an EV-only brand and the #1 sits on Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) but the design was done by Mercedes-Benz. It’s powered by a single rear motor with 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque going to the rear wheels. That’s good for 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Top speed is capped at 180 km/h. The high-performance #1 Brabus adds on a front motor to make it AWD, 428 PS (315 kW), 543 Nm and 3.9 seconds in the benchmark sprint.

    The #1’s battery is a 66 kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) unit providing 440 km of WLTP-rated range (Brabus 400 km). The maximum charge rate is 150 kW DC, which means that if paired to a compatible fast charger, the #1’s battery can go from 10-80% state of charge in 30 minutes.

    smart #1 EV reaches 1,000 bookings – free 60GB data, RM2k of accessories, charger worth RM3.2k till Dec 31

    That’s decent, but it’s in daily AC charging that the #1 stands out – with 22 kW AC (most rivals max out at 11 kW), going from 10-80% SoC takes just three hours. This gives added flexibility to the owner – imagine having a long lunch and your EV is fully charged, without paying DC rates. There are many other unique things in #1, such as a thumping Beats sound system, an elaborate song and light show, and even a fox ‘living’ in the touchscreen – check out the walk-around video above and gallery below.

    The fun and funky EV is available in a wide range of colours – 10 to be exact, including the popular Atom Grey – Matte (Red Roof), Meta Black (Red Roof), Digital White, and Future Green. What do you think of the smart #1 versus other EVs in Malaysia?

    View full gallery of the smart here.

     
     
  • 2024 smart #1 in Malaysia – walk-around video tour of EV, up to 440 km range, 428 PS Brabus, from RM189k

    2024 smart #1 in Malaysia – walk-around video tour of EV, up to 440 km range, 428 PS Brabus, from RM189k

    The launch of the smart #1 finally happened this week after a long gestation period that started way back in early 2022, when Proton signed a memorandum with smart to be the EV brand’s distributor in Malaysia and Thailand. The first media preview happened in July before the #1’s public debut at EVx in the same month. After that, the Brabus version was previewed in October.

    But the smart #1 is now in showrooms, and you can take one home from RM189,000 for the Pro single-motor. The Premium single-motor goes for RM219,000, while high-performance Brabus dual-motor range-topper goes for a reasonable RM249,000. You’re getting a lot of EV for your money, as Hafriz Shah points out in the video below.

    Here’s the gist of it. The new smart is an EV-only brand owned by Geely and Mercedes-Benz. The smart #1 sits on Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) but the design was done by Mercedes-Benz, which is pretty obvious actually.

    The #1 is powered by a single rear motor with 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque going to the rear wheels. That’s good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.7 seconds. Top speed is capped at 180 km/h. The high-performance #1 Brabus adds on a front motor to make it AWD, 428 PS (315 kW), 543 Nm and 3.9 seconds in the benchmark sprint.

    The #1’s battery is a 66-kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) unit providing 440 km of WLTP-rated range (Brabus 400 km). The maximum charge rate is 150 kW DC, which means that if paired to a compatible fast charger, the #1’s battery can go from 10-80% state of charge (SoC) in 30 minutes.

    That’s decent, but it’s in daily AC charging that the #1 stands out – with 22 kW AC (most rivals max out at 11 kW), going from 10-80% SoC takes just three hours. This gives added flexibility to the owner – imagine having a long lunch and your EV is fully charged, without paying DC rates. There are many other unique things in #1, such as a thumping Beats sound system, an elaborate song and light show, and even a fox ‘living’ in the touchscreen.

    Watch the video tour of the smart #1 above and tell us what you think of this funky EV. Full details here.

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 launch

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 Premium

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 Brabus

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 official images

     
     
  • smart #1 EV launched in Malaysia – Pro, Premium, 272 PS/343 Nm; Brabus, 428 PS/543 Nm, RM189k-RM249k

    smart #1 EV launched in Malaysia – Pro, Premium, 272 PS/343 Nm; Brabus, 428 PS/543 Nm, RM189k-RM249k

    Following a series of previews over the past few months and the opening of the order books for it back in September, Proton – via its subsidiary Pro-Net – has finally launched the smart brand in Malaysia with the official introduction of the smart #1 earlier this evening. smart’s global CEO, Tong Xiangbei, was present to launch to brand in Malaysia, underlying the significance of our market, which is the first in the region to introduce the car.

    The all-electric smart #1, with the suffix pronounced as hashtag one, arrives here as a fully-imported model, and as already intimated previously, is available in three variant forms. There’s a base rear-motor Pro model, followed by a Premium variant (which was the focus of the initial preview) and a range-topping Brabus dual-motor performance version.

    Before we recap the specifications and kit available on the EV, here is how the smart #1 model range in Malaysia is priced:

    • smart #1 Pro single-motor – RM189,000
    • smart #1 Premium single-motor – RM219,000
    • smart #1 Brabus dual-motor – RM249,000

    smart #1 EV launched in Malaysia – Pro, Premium, 272 PS/343 Nm; Brabus, 428 PS/543 Nm, RM189k-RM249k

    As its moniker suggests, the #1 is the first model in the new smart car family. Previewed as the smart Concept #1 in September 2021, the crossover made its global debut in April last year, with its introduction in Malaysia having already been confirmed by then. The launch today follows the original timeline set for its introduction in our market.

    Unlike previously, where the initial smart outing – which began in the ‘90s – consisted of the likes of the funky smart ForTwo, ForFour and Roadster, the second coming is very much an all-electric affair. Although Mercedes-Benz remains in charge of the design styling, the architecture and engineering is very much a Geely effort as a result of the Chinese automaker’s buy-in into the brand in 2019.

    Electrification means it sits on Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA), a modular EV platform that also underpins the likes of the Lotus Eletre, Zeekr 001 and Polestar EVs. The #1 utilises the SEA2 version of the platform, which is also found on the Zeekr X and Volvo EX30.

    Shape-wise, it resembles a hatchback rather than its classification as an SUV as proposed for it by the brand, and a very large one at that. Measuring in at 4,270 mm long (4,300 mm for the Brabus variant), 1,822 mm wide and 1,636 mm tall, with a 2,750 mm-long wheelbase, the smart #1 is no small ‘un, tipping the scales from 1,780 kg for the Pro and 1,800 kg for the Premium right up to 1,900 kg for the Brabus.

    Other relevant numbers include a 182 mm ground clearance and up to 411 litres of boot space, expandable to 986 litres with rear seats folded. There’s a small ‘frunk’ in front that takes in 15 litres, useful to store small items that you don’t want sliding around in the boot. In a nutshell, the key dimensions and numbers are:

    • Length: 4,270 mm (Brabus, 4,300 mm)
    • Width: 1,822 mm
    • Height: 1,636 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2,750 mm
    • Ground clearance: 182 mm
    • Kerb weight: 1,780 kg (Pro), 1,800 kg (Premium), 1,900 kg (Brabus)
    • Boot space: 323 to 411 litres; 986 litres with rear seats folded
    • Front trunk (frunk) space: 15 litres

    The base #1 Pro and #1 Premium are powered by a rear-mounted electric motor producing 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque, enabling both to get from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds on the way to a 180 km/h top speed.

    The #1 Brabus adds on a front motor to make it AWD, and the setup offers 428 PS (315 kW) and 543 Nm in the way of output and reduces the 0-100 km/h sprint time down to 3.9 seconds. Top speed is identical to the single motor versions, at 180 km/h.

    As you’d expect, there are differences to the base Pro and Premium versions, the main one being that the Pro comes with a 49 kWh lithium LFP battery, which offers up to 315 km of travel on a single charge.

    Both the smart #1 Premium and Brabus get a 66 kWh lithium-nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) battery, and in terms of performance, the unit provides up to 440 km of WLTP-rated range for the Premium, and up to 400 km of range for the Brabus.

    The maximum charge rate is 150 kW DC, which means that if paired to a compatible fast charger, the #1’s battery can go from a 10 to 80% state of charge (SoC) in 22 mins for the Pro and 30 minutes for the Premium and Brabus.

    As for AC, the #1 Pro is equipped with a 7.2 kW onboard charger, allowing a full charge of the Pro’s battery to be accomplished in around six hours. If you want faster AC charging (and range), you’ll have to opt for the Premium. That’s because the 7.4 kW onboard charger has been replaced by a 22 kW unit as standard for the Malaysian market.

    According to smart, having an onboard 22 kW AC charger makes a big difference, because getting the battery juiced up from 10-80% SoC takes just three hours instead of 7.5 hours if with the 7.4 kW charger. This translates to improved flexibility and less time needed for charging on AC, surely no bad thing. To recap the technical specs:

    smart #1 Pro

    • Electric motor output: 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 343 Nm; RWD
    • 0-100 km/h time: 6.7 seconds
    • Top speed: 180 km/h
    • Battery: 49 kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP)
    • Range (WLTP): 315 km
    • AC charging: 7.2 kW; 10-80% in six hours
    • DC charging: 150 kW; 10-80% in 22 minutes

    smart #1 Premium

    • Electric motor output: 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 343 Nm; RWD
    • 0-100 km/h time: 6.7 seconds
    • Top speed: 180 km/h
    • Battery: 66 kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC)
    • Range (WLTP): 440 km
    • AC charging: 22 kW; 10-80% in three hours
    • DC charging: 150 kW; 10-80% in 29 minutes

    smart #1 Brabus

    • Electric motors output: 428 PS (422 hp or 315 kW) and 543 Nm; AWD
    • 0-100 km/h time: 3.9 seconds
    • Top speed: 180 km/h
    • Battery: 66 kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC)
    • Range (WLTP): 400 km
    • AC charging: 22 kW; 10-80% in three hours
    • DC charging: 150 kW; 10-80% in 29 minutes

    smart #1 EV launched in Malaysia – Pro, Premium, 272 PS/343 Nm; Brabus, 428 PS/543 Nm, RM189k-RM249k

    As for equipment, the Pro comes standard with manual-levelling CyberSparks LED headlamps, 19-inch ‘Amps’ alloy wheels with 235/45 profile tyres, a panoramic roof with powered sunblind, roof rails and a powered tailgate.

    The Premium upgrades the CybersSparks LED headlamps to Matrix LED units with adaptive high beam and an auto levelling function. Also going on are sequential turn signals, side mirror puddle lamps, along with an illuminated front grille, door handles and logos (on the C-pillars). The Premium also adds on 19-inch ‘Rotor’ alloys (same tyre size) and a hands-free powered tailgate with a kick sensor.

    Meanwhile, the Brabus gets additional styling accoutrements to denote its sports status, with plenty of red bits to provide contrast, both inside and out. Externally, the roof, side mirror covers and insides of the lower grille are finished in the particular colour, as are the lower lip at the front and on the lower edges of the side accents, along with the brake calipers.

    The variant – which rides on stiffer dampers – also gets a Brabus aero kit, and this brings along items such as decorative letterbox vents either side of the smart logo on the bonnet as well as a more prominent rear spoiler. Completing the visual differentiation are 19-inch ‘Dynamo’ two-tone wheels with 235/45 profile tyres.

    Of course, the interior is where all the action is, and there’s plenty of it, starting with the frameless door windows and a courtesy driver’s seat, which moves back automatically to allow for easier ingress and egress.

    Taking centre stage in the cabin is a T-shaped dashboard featuring a contrast panel finished in gloss white, with a 12.8-inch standalone landscape-oriented touchscreen the highlight piece. The instrument cluster is a slim 9.2-inch panel, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and Qi wireless charging to be found.

    Standard equipment for the Pro includes leatherette seats, 10-way powered front seats (memory for driver), a five-speaker audio system, panoramic moonroof with a powered blind, a polyurethane steering wheel, cooled chiller function for the centre armrest storage, a 60:40 sliding and split-folding rear bench seat, dual-zone auto air-conditioning with rear vents and a N95 carbon filter as well as a basic 64-colour ambient lighting scheme.

    The Premium adds on a 10-inch colour head-up display (HUD), which displays all the essentials, including navigation as well as a 13-speaker, 640 watt Beats sound system. It also adds on leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, illuminated door sills and an extended 64-colour ambient lighting system.

    For the Brabus, aesthetic changes abound, with the centre console panel now dressed in a gunmetal hue and the headliner finished in black. The seats for it are dressed in ultrasuede, with normal leather sides, and the variant also gets sportier aluminium pedals.

    smart #1 EV launched in Malaysia – Pro, Premium, 272 PS/343 Nm; Brabus, 428 PS/543 Nm, RM189k-RM249k

    Elsewhere, the red contrast theme continues, with accents on panel trims and AC vents finished in the shade. Aside from the seat belts, the headrests also get dressed in the colour, highlighted through their end caps and the Bottrop logo stitched on to the front of the units. Red stitching also provides additional contrast cues.

    As for safety and driver assistance systems, the smart #1 comes fully loaded. There’s ESC, hill hold assist, hill descent control, seven airbags and a comprehensive ADAS suite that includes ACC, AEB, front/rear collision mitigation support, lane keep assist, lane departure warning/prevention, front/rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, door opening warning and automated lane change assist.

    The Premium and Brabus variants add on fully autonomous parking, parking emergency brake and autonomous parking assist. There’s also a Hello smart app will help with vehicle status monitoring, location and tracking.

    smart #1 EV launched in Malaysia – Pro, Premium, 272 PS/343 Nm; Brabus, 428 PS/543 Nm, RM189k-RM249k

    In terms of interior colour schemes, the #1 Pro gets an After Dark interior, while the Premium comes with a two-tone white and black Dark Matter cabin. As for exterior shades, buyers have no shortage of exterior colours to choose from, with monotone and two-tone choices available, depending on variant. The Atom Grey-Matte is available for an additional RM5,000. Here are the available options, listed out for easier legibility:

    smart #1 Pro

    • Digital White with Eclipse Black roof
    • Laser Red with Eclipse Black roof
    • Cyber Silver with Eclipse Black roof
    • Quantum Blue with Eclipse Black roof
    • Future Green with Eclipse Black roof

    smart #1 Premium

    • Digital White with Eclipse Black roof
    • Laser Red with Eclipse Black roof
    • Cyber Silver with Eclipse Black roof
    • Quantum Blue with Eclipse Black roof
    • Future Green with Eclipse Black roof
    • Atom Grey-Matte
    • Lumen Yellow with Eclipse Black roof

    smart #1 Brabus

    • Atom Grey-Matte
    • Atom Grey-Matte with Radiant Red roof
    • Meta Black with Radiant Red roof
    • Cyber Silver with Radiant Red roof
    • Digital White with Black roof
    • Laser Red with Black roof
    • Cyber Silver with Black roof

    The smart #1 comes with an eight-year/200,000 km high-voltage battery warranty, an eight-year/150,000 km high-voltage component warranty, a four year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty and a two-year unlimited mileage spare parts warranty as well as 24/7 roadside service assistance.

    Additionally, there is a complimentary accessories package worth RM2,000 and complimentary five-year Internet data of 60GB. In conjunction with the launch of the brand, smart Malaysia is offering smart #1 buyers a complimentary smartCharge Home Charger worth RM3,200 (excluding the cost of installation, which starts from RM2,488). The offer is valid until December 31, 2023.


    GALLERY: 2023 smart #1 Premium

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 Brabus

    GALLERY: 2023 smart #1 official images

     
     
  • smart #1 EV launching in Malaysia next week, Nov 21

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    As promised, the smart #1 EV will be officially launching Q4 2023. In fact, we now have a date, and it’s next week, November 21. We know that from the countdown teasers on smart Malaysia’s social media, with each number representing a highlighted feature on the #1 (pronounced as hashtag one).

    You and I both know all the features by now, as we’ve told you all you need to know about the smart #1 and showed you around and inside the EV, including the high-performance Brabus variant. The first batch of the EV arrived in Malaysia last month (see pic below). All that’s left to be revealed is the final price and early bird package, if any.

    The new smart is an EV-only brand owned by Geely and Mercedes-Benz. The smart #1 sits on Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) but the design was done by Mercedes-Benz.

    smart #1 EV launching in Malaysia next week, Nov 21

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    The #1 is powered by a single rear motor with 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque going to the rear wheels. That’s good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.7 seconds. Top speed is capped at 180 km/h. The high-performance #1 Brabus adds on a front motor to make it AWD, 428 PS (315 kW), 543 Nm and 3.9 seconds in the benchmark sprint.

    The #1’s battery is a 66-kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) unit providing 440 km of WLTP-rated range (Brabus 400 km). The maximum charge rate is 150 kW DC, which means that if paired to a compatible fast charger, the #1’s battery can go from 10-80% state of charge (SoC) in 30 minutes. But it’s in daily AC charging that the #1 stands out – with 22 kW AC (most rivals max out at 11 kW), going from 10-80% SoC takes just three hours.

    The EV is already open for booking, with three variants – Pro, Premium and Brabus – and estimated pricing from RM200k to RM250k. Once again, we’ve already covered the smart #1 and the Brabus variant in detail – click on the links for more.

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 Brabus in Malaysia

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 Premium in Malaysia

     
     
  • smart #1 EV arrives in Malaysia – customer deliveries to start from launch in this quarter, from RM200k est

    smart #1 EV arrives in Malaysia – customer deliveries to start from launch in this quarter, from RM200k est

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    We’ve told you all you need to know about the smart #1 (pronounced as hashtag one) and showed you around and inside the EV, including the high-performance Brabus variant, so all that’s left is the official launch and final price. No hint of when yet, but smart Malaysia did say that the #1 will debut in Q4 2023, and we’re now two weeks into that quarter.

    It looks like we’re on schedule, because the first batch of the smart #1 has arrived in Malaysia. This also means that customer deliveries are set to start immediately upon launch. The image above shows a substantial number of units in various colours – blue, red, white and silver – and also both the normal #1 and the #1 Brabus.

    The new smart is an EV-only brand owned by Geely and Mercedes-Benz. The smart #1 sits on Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) but the design was done by Mercedes-Benz.

    From L-R: smart #1 Brabus, smart #1 Premium

    The #1 is powered by a single rear motor with 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque going to the rear wheels. That’s good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.7 seconds. Top speed is capped at 180 km/h. The high-performance #1 Brabus adds on a front motor to make it AWD, 428 PS (315 kW), 543 Nm and 3.9 seconds in the benchmark sprint.

    The #1’s battery is a 66-kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) unit providing 440 km of WLTP-rated range (Brabus 400 km). The maximum charge rate is 150 kW DC, which means that if paired to a compatible fast charger, the #1’s battery can go from 10-80% state of charge (SoC) in 30 minutes. But it’s in daily AC charging that the #1 stands out – with 22 kW AC (most rivals max out at 11 kW), going from 10-80% SoC takes just three hours.

    The EV is already open for booking, with three variants – Pro, Premium and Brabus – and estimated pricing from RM200k to RM250k. We’ve already covered the smart #1 and the Brabus variant in detail – click on the links for more.

    GALLERY: 2024 smart #1 Brabus in Malaysia