Smart #3 shown on KL Car Free Morning. Malaysia launching soon?

During today’s KL Car-Free Morning, Smart Malaysia presented the Smart #3 electric car in Malaysia for the first time. It looks like Pro-Net could launch the Smart #3 in our market very soon.

Smart #3 launching soon in Malaysia?

Smart #3 at KL Car Free Morning in Kuala Lumpur

As shared on Smart Malaysia’s social media page, the Smart #3 was the first car at today’s KL Car Free Morning banner. Like the Smart #1 during its early preview, the upcoming EV model was partially camouflaged with stickers, but it’s very clear that this is the Smart #3. In addition to the upcoming EV model, three Smart #1 EVs will be on display at the event, including the Smart #1 Brabus.

The Smart #3 is the second Smart electric vehicle model co-developed by Mercedes-Benz and Geely. It is also developed on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) platform, the same EV platform used by other brands in the group including Volvo, Polestar, Zeeker and Lotus.

Smart #3 is slightly longer than Smart #1

The Smart #3 is a slightly longer vehicle than the Smart #1 with a wheelbase of 2,785 mm (Smart #1: 2,750 mm) and a total length of 4,440 mm (Smart #1: 4,270 mm). Although slightly wider at 1,844mm (Smart #1: 1,822mm), the Smart #3 is lower at 1,556mm (Smart #1: 1,636mm).

Smart #3 Brabus

Like the Smart #1, the #3 is also available in various specifications and configurations, including the top-of-the-line Brabus version with AWD setup and larger 20″ wheels. The basic ‘Pro’ model comes with a smaller 49 kWh LFP battery, which has a range of 325 km according to the WLTP standard, and the Premium version with a 66 kWh NCM battery can go even further with a range of 455 km.

Smart #3 interior

The Pro and Premium variants get a single motor driving the rear wheels, delivering 200 kW (268 hp) and 343 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 180 km/h.

Meanwhile, the Smart #3 Brabus gets a dual-motor setup, good for 315 kW (422 hp) and 543 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h takes just 3.7 seconds, up to a top speed of 180 km/h.

Like the Smart #1, the higher specification variants support 22 kW AC charging and up to 150 kW for DC charging. The base model “Pro” only supports slower 7 kW AC charging and DC charging up to 130 kW.

While Smart has retained its round and sparkling exterior design for the Smart #3, there are a few notable differences. The illuminated Smart logo has been moved from the rear pillar to the front wheel arches and gets a more aggressive-looking wheel design.

On the inside, the seats are different too, with a one-piece design for the front seats, which now feature the ‘Smart’ logo on the back of the headrest. The dashboard has been revised and has three round air vents in the center.

In terms of storage space, the luggage compartment offers 370 liters of space and can be expanded to 1,160 liters with the rear seats folded down. Meanwhile, there is also a 15-liter frunk under the hood.

The Smart #1 in Malaysia currently costs RM189,000 for the base-spec Pro model and goes up to RM249,000 for the Brabus variant. Would you consider the Smart #3 over the Smart #1 if it costs RM20,000 to RM30,000 extra for the same variant?

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