Geely’s SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform will underpin the next generation range of Smart models, the company’s global vice-president for sales, marketing and after-sales, Mr. Daniel Lescow, confirmed through a LinkedIn post this week. Lescow’s post, titled “smart goes eSUV”, talks about an upcoming battery electric SUV from the manufacturer, which will be the first vehicle of the joint venture between Mercedes Benz and Geely, and is due in 2022.
Lescow confirms that the Smart brand will make use of the Geely SEA platform for its future range of vehicles, which include the eSUV (and an A-segment small car according to reports). The eSUV, Lescow describes as “super-compact on the outside and big on the inside”, and will be made available to customers in Europe and China. Mercedes-Benz will provide the design and support the development of the Smart electric SUV, and future Smart models, Lescow’s post details.
Announced earlier this year, the SEA can handle a variety of applications including vehicles from A-segment to D- and E-segment and even light commercial vehicles. Front-, rear- and all-wheel drive variants with single-, dual- or triple-motor configuration, with performance figures as brisk as a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 3 seconds and long range of more than 700 km (435 miles) will be possible, according to Geely.
The SEA will be an open-source platform and Geely announced that it is in talks with B2B and B2C customers, aside from plans to deploy it across its nine brands (Geely owns Volvo, Polestar, Lotus, Proton, Lynk & Co, London Electric Vehicle Company, and is a major shareholder in Daimler). The first SEA-based electric car will be the Lynk & Co Zero EV, shown as a concept during the Beijing Auto Show in September 2020. Production of the Zero EV is expected to commence in mid-2021 at a new factory in Eastern China even as prototypes have entered advanced stages of testing on public roads.
Lescow mentions in his post that further details of the Smart eSUV will be revealed in due time, however, the electric SUV is confirmed to feature a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP. Speculation is rife that the Smart electric SUV may already have a competitor in a Volvo XC20 Recharge, which too is expected on the SEA platform slotting beneath the current XC40 Recharge.
Smart electric SUV FAQs
What is the Smart Electric SUV release date?
The Smart Electric SUV (Smart eSUV) is expected by end of 2022.
Which SUVs would the Smart Electric SUV rival?
The Smart Electric SUV would rival battery electric SUVs based on the same SEA platform, which include a possible Volvo XC20 Recharge.
What will be the price of the Smart Electric SUV?
The Smart Electric SUV can be expected to be priced from about 20,000 EUR (USD 24,000).