We have seen much of the smart #1 over the course of this year as PRO-NET (smart Malaysia) has been preparing the market for its launch. But the big question mark has been how much the electric car imported from China will cost.
Today, the company has given a clear indication with its announcement that the price range will be from RM200,000 to RM250,000 (excluding insurance). Being a fully electric vehicle, it can be imported and sold throughout the country without import duties imposed (but buyers still have to pay Sales & Service Tax).
3 versions available
The #1 will be available as Pro, Premium, and BRABUS versions and the features and equipment are unique to the Malaysian market. The Pro version will have a 49 kWh LFP battery pack while the Premium will have a higher-capacity 66 kWh NMC battery. The motor generates an output of 200 kW/343 Nm and the range should be up to 440 kms.
The more powerful BRABUS version has a sportier appearance. It has a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds with two motors producing a total of 315 kW/543 Nm which goes to all four wheels. Even with this high performance, the range is claimed to be up to 400 kms.
‘Early bird’ reward
Interested buyers can now reserve their smart #1 with a RM1,000 booking fee (refundable) using the Hello smart app. For the first 501 customers who book before the official launch, there is an early-bird reward of RM1,001 in charging credits which can be used for recharging their vehicle at more than 70% of the public charging points.
Exterior colour offerings for the smart #1 Pro are Digital White, Laser Red, Cyber Silver, Quantum Blue, and Future Green. In addition to those 5 colours, Atom Grey – Matte and Lumen Yellow are also available for the #1 Premium. The #1 BRABUS has 7 different colour combinations with contracting colours for the roofs.
‘We are proud to be at the forefront of the smart brand’s arrival in the ASEAN region, as smart Automobile announces its first delivery ceremony for the smart #1 in Malaysia. This milestone means that smart Malaysia is now ready to begin delivering the vehicle to customers in Q4 this year, with our 9 dealerships gearing up to welcome them. As we continue to blaze a trail in the region’s EV market, we invite everyone to join us on this exciting journey of smart and sustainable mobility!’’ said Zhang Qiang, CEO of smart Malaysia.