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Test Drive the Smart #1 Brabus at IEMS 2023 on 5 October
October 2, 2023 Andrew Cheng

Missed the Smart #1 test drive over the weekend? Well, you’ve got another chance to give the upcoming electric SUV a spin on 5 October at the International Electric Mobility Showcase (IEMS) 2023. On top of that, it’s the higher-powered Brabus model too.

In fact, the Smart #1 Brabus will be making its first debut in Malaysia at IEMS 2023 on 5 October. For the local market, three models of the Smart #1 will be offered here: there’s the base Pro model, the mid-tier Premium, and of course, the aforementioned Brabus version.

Both the Pro and Premium models of the Smart #1 feature a single 200kW motor driving the rear wheels that outputs 272PS and 343Nm of torque, allowing the EV to go from 0-100kmph in only 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 180kmph. However, the Pro model has a smaller 49kWh battery with up to 315km of range (WLTP), while the Premium model has a 66kWh battery with up to 440km of range (WLTP).

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.

The Brabus variant also has the same 66kWh battery as the Premium model, but given that it’s a higher-powered model, it has a lower range of up to 400km (WLTP).

According to Smart Malaysia, the Smart #1 will be priced from RM200,000 to RM250,000; these are on-the-road prices without insurance. Bookings for the EV can now be made through the Hello Smart app, which is available for download on the Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store, and Huawei AppGallery. A RM1,000 refundable fee is required to book the electric SUV.

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