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Smart #1 Test Drive Happening in Balakong & Ipoh This Weekend (30 Sept – 1 Oct 2023)

If you want to test drive the Smart #1 EV ahead of its Q4 launch, you can do so this weekend at two locations. Smart Balakong and Smart Ipoh will be doing test drive sessions of the upcoming electric SUV on 30 September and 1 October. RM1,001 worth of charging credits are also up for grabs for the first 501 pre-orders.

However, it wasn’t mentioned which particular variant of the Smart #1 will be available for test drive, though the promotional image does show the higher-powered Brabus model. In total, three trim levels of the EV are offered in Malaysia: there’s the base Pro, the mid-tier Premium, and the aforementioned Brabus version.

While the exact local pricing for all three Smart #1 models have not been revealed yet, Smart Malaysia said that the electric SUV will be priced from RM200,000 to RM250,000. Of course, these prices are on-the-road without insurance.

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).

Bookings for the Smart #1 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 fee is required to book the electric SUV, and it is refundable.

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