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Spy Shot: Smart #1 Seen on Malaysian Roads – Public Preview Next Weekend, Q4 2023 Launch
July 12, 2023 Andrew Cheng

The Smart #1 EV is expected to be launched in Malaysia sometime in Q4 2023. The electric SUV is rarely spotted on Malaysian roads, so it’s quite exciting when the upcoming model is caught on camera, as these images show.

These shots were snapped by Amir Zaheen Minhaj around Shah Alam and shared by Funtasticko. There’s no denying that the silhouette of the camouflaged SUV is the Smart #1, and from what we can gather, it looks to be the higher-powered Brabus model too, based on the design of the vents up front and larger rear wing.

For the Malaysian market, the Smart #1 is said to be offered in both standard and Brabus variants. The regular model is believed to be powered by a single 200kW motor driving the rear wheels that outputs 272PS and 343Nm of torque. This allows the EV to go from 0-100kmph in only 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 180kmph.

As for the more powerful Smart #1 Brabus, it comes with another electric motor at the front – making it all-wheel drive – for a very respectable total output of 428PS and 543Nm of torque. How fast can it complete the century sprint with this kind of setup? A mere 3.9 seconds; very impressive.

Both models of the Smart #1 are said to be packed with a 66kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) battery that offers up to 440km range on the WLTP cycle for the standard variant. This figure goes down to 400km for the higher-powered Brabus model, understandably.

As previously shared by Proton, the Smart #1 is still set to be introduced in Malaysia sometime in Q4 2023. A public preview of the electric SUV will also be held at the EVx Malaysia 2023 event run by Paultan.org next weekend on 22 and 23 July at Setia City Convention Centre, Shah Alam.

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