Thicker pillars will also be added between the front and back doors for better side-impact crash protection, and entry-level models could get conventional LED lights instead of the adaptive LED light clusters of the concept. We also expect the concept’s four-seat interior to be changed to a more conventional five-seat layout.
The relatively compact size should be helpful when it comes to manoeuvring around town – especially when you find a tight parking space. Indeed, the manufacturer’s existing models, the Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour electric cars, are both known for fitting into spaces most other cars couldn’t manage. We’d also expect the Smart SUV to have a tight turning circle and quick, light steering.
A 12.8in infotainment screen will be the focal point of the interior, and it will update wirelessly to unlock new features without the need to visit a dealer.
Facial recognition tech is expected to be included as standard. The system will identify registered drivers as they approach the car, and automatically adjust settings based on the user’s preferences – for example the seating position and radio station.
A Beats Audio stereo will be available, although it will probably be an optional extra as part of a partnership, similar to Audi’s tie-up with Sonos.
Smart has not revealed which batteries or electric motors it plans to fit to the car, but Geely – the company engineering the SUV – is likely to use the same underpinnings as the Chinese-market Zeekr 001 electric car for high-end versions. That model has a battery capacity of up to 100kWh, and a range of up to 434 miles between charges.