Light the candles and spin some party records as the Smart brand is now all grown up, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From what started out as a study between watch company Swatch and Mercedes-Benz (Swatch Mercedes ART) to fulfill the gap for a small city car, the brand has revived under Geely's purveyorship and now has two all-electric models – the Malaysia-bound #1 and #3.
The occasion is livened by the Smart #3 25th Anniversary Edition, and like most special editions, it comes with its own set of unique touches in and out.
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Choice touches include an exterior that while for the most part adapts the Brabus #3's look, now features distinct patterns for the patterns on the lower grille. Kit count extends to CyberSparks LED+ matrix headlights, and 19-inch wheels in an exclusive dual-tone colourway.
Speaking of which, the red-on-white is an individual look for this special edition.
Inside the SUV are variant-specific Duo leather seats in black and white, plus similarly bespoke 'Galaxy' roof with LED embedded lighting details. A 12.8-inch central infotainment display handles the in-car controls, while a 10-inch head-up display add a touch of tech; complemented by the 13-speaker Beats audio system.
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It may look like a Brabus but it performs closer to its 'regular' stablemates. Range is a quoted 455 km on the WLTP test cycle (the Brabus does 415 km), courtesy of a 66 kWh lithium nickel cobalt manganese battery (NCM), and a front-mounted electric motor that does 272 PS and 343 Nm.
22 kW AC charging sees it get up to 80% charge from 10% in under 3 hours; 150 kW DC fast charging shortens that to just under half an hour.
In Germany, prices for the Smart #3 start at:
- Pro+: €43,490 (~RM 219k)
- Premium: € 46,490 (~RM 234k)
- 25th Anniversary Edition: € 46,990 (~RM 236k)
- Brabus: € 50,990 (~RM 256k)