People love SUVs. We might talk about the benefits of a sedan day in and day out, with the lower center of gravity, lighter weight, longer range for an EV, and so on. But people don’t want that. They want a high-riding SUV. It’s just facts.
Daniel Lescow, VP of global sales for Automobile Co, Ltd just announced on LinkedIn that his company will be producing an electric SUV.
Smart, part of the joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely, will have an upcoming SUV due out in 2022 in Chinese and European markets.
Lescow states in the blog post, “This won’t be just any SUV. This will be a true smart SUV that embodies all we believe in — progressive design, innovation, high-tech and, of course, battery-electric driving.”
Smart is also targeting a Euro NCAP 5-star crash safety rating on the new Ute. That’ll be thanks, in no small part, to Geely’s SEA architecture. Sound familiar? The SEA architecture is used in Lynk & Co’s upcoming Zero EV.
Range and price is, of course, not yet mentioned. However, don’t expect this to go on sale in the United States since Smart is no longer available here.
However, with SUV sales growing worldwide, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it do quite well in the available markets.