The All-Electric Smart #3 SUV Coupé: The Complete Guide For India

Smart #3 SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 49 kWh/ 66 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 330 - 455 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Smart #3 SUV Coupé

In June 2020, Smart Europe GmbH was founded, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Smart Automobile Co. Ltd. The company is a joint venture between the German automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Co,, Ltd, the privately-owned Chinese automotive manufacturer.

The vision of the joint venture is to “position Smart as a leading provider of intelligent electric vehicles in the premium segment’. The Smart Europe based team is responsible for all sales, marketing and after-sales activities. The Smart portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) include:

The newest entrant to the Smart premium electric mobility portfolio, the all-electric Smart #3 made its debut at the Auto Shanghai in April 2023. It is the second all-electric SUV from the OEM after the Smart #1 SUV. Smart continues with the ‘#’ naming system with the Smart #3 (pronounced as ‘hashtag Three’).

The Smart #3 and Smart #1 have much in common, given that both electric vehicles (EVs) share the same EV dedicated platform, Geely’s all-electric platform called the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA-2). The all-electric Volvo EX30 also uses the same EV dedicated platform. SEA, the world’s first open-source electric vehicle architecture was launched in September 2020. The platform can accommodate A-Segment through to D and E segment vehicles.

Like the Smart# 1 electric car, the Smart#3 EV also caters for the needs of the city and suburban drivers, albeit, with a sportier and more aggressive exterior coupé styling. Apart from increasing the appeal of the e-car, the coupé silhouette also improves the aerodynamics of the EV. The #3 has a 0.27 Cd drag coefficient. By way of comparison, the very sleek, all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 6 saloon has an ultra-low drag coefficient 0.21 Cd. The #3 also features a spoiler to further reduce the drag.

The manufacturer suggests that one of the key differences in the positioning of these two Smart EVs, is that the #1 SUV is more ‘family-friendly’, while the #3 SUV coupé is targeting buyers keen on a more ‘dynamic avant-garde performance’. Despite the difference in the roofline, there remains much in common in the design language between the #1 and #3.

The Smart#3 is available in two EV battery sizes (49 kWh/ 66 kWh). For the 66 kWh lithium-nickel cobalt manganese EV battery, the manufacturer claims an electric range up to 455 km (WLTP) on a full battery charge. Interestingly, not significantly different to Smart#1 electric range (440 km), despite the more sleeker coupé styling. Adjusting for real-world driving conditions, expect a zero-tailpipe emission e-range up to 385 km for the rear-wheel drive (RWD) #3. The claimed electric range for the all-wheel drive (AWD) #3 BARBUS is 415 km (WLTP). Real-world range will be closer to 350 km.

For the entry-level 49 kWh (#3 Pro variant), the claimed EV range is up to 330 km. Expect the real-world e-range to be closer to 275 km. To further increase the efficiency of the EV, the manufacturer offers an onboard heat pump. However, it is not standard on all variants. This is surprising, given the premium positioning of the EV.

The #3 offers DC rapid-charging up to 150 kW DC, and a three-phase (22 kW) AC onboard charger as standard for the 66 kWh variants. The 49 kWh has a 7.4 kW AC onboard charger and DC charging is limited to 130 kW DC. It is true, in that, some of the latest-generation of electric cars incorporate ultra-rapid DC charging capability up to 350 kW DC, but given the size of the onboard EV battery in the #3, 150 kW DC is more than sufficient for public EV charging. The EV can be charged 10%-80% in 30 minutes.

Of course, most EV charging is done from the convenience of one’s home, usually overnight. For those fortunate enough to have access to three-phase power supply at home, taking advantage of the 22 kW AC onboard charger will be most welcome. Given that most homes in India are powered by single-phase power supply, a 7.4 kW AC onboard charger is good enough!

The EV can be charged from 10% to 80% in 3 hours using a dedicated three-phase EV charger like myenergi zappi. Single-phase EV charging will take longer, up to 10 hours. We recommend using green energy for charging an electric car. This way, one can achieve ‘well-to-wheel’ zero-tailpipe emission electric driving.

The #3 is compact, similar to other Smart electric cars. Having said that, it is the biggest Smart electric car to date. In terms of length, the Smart#3 (4.4m) is longer than the Smart#1 (4.2m). Moreover, the #3 has a 2.78m wheelbase, compared to 2.75m for #1.

Given the coupé exterior styling of the #3, not surprisingly the height is lower compared to its sibling. Despite the sloping roofline, there is ample headroom for taller adults seated on the rear seats, as the seats have been lowered for a sportier drive. Available legroom is also sufficient. The #3 offers a much larger boot space (370 L) compared to #1, which can be increased up to 1,160 L with the seats folded down. However, competitors offer a larger boot space. A powered tailgate is standard on all variants.

The EV has a 15L frunk, but not the largest frunk, offering limited practical use! The five-seat electric SUV coupé offers man-made tailored leather bucket seats. The interior of the cabin is what you would expect from Mercedes i.e. high quality and premium. Depending on the variant, the manufacturer offers either the panoramic halo roof or the panoramic galaxy roof. The panoramic roof enhances the sense of space within the vehicle. The EV has frameless doors. A nice touch!

The electric SUV is available as both, a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) variant. The all-wheel drive (AWD) Smart#3 BRABUS variant can achieve 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (maximum power: 315 kW/ torque: 543 Nm). The rear-wheel drive (RWD) variant can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds (maximum power: 200 kW/ torque: 343 Nm). The top speed for the EV is 180 km/h. The EV has three driving modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport) and like other EVs, leverages regenerative braking to enhance the electric range.

The EV offers a 12.8″ HD touchscreen, along with a 9.2″ HD digital instrument cluster. For the higher-level trims, there is also a 10.25″ head-up display (HUD). The EV also incorporates a host of safety features and ADAS technology, to include: adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, traffic sign recognition, highway assist with lane change assist and traffic jam assist, parking assistant sensors, 360-degree camera, automatic parking assist, adaptive high beam and more! Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging are standard.

Apart from the standard 4 trims (Pro, Pro +, BRABUS, Premium), there is also a limited-edition 25th Anniversary variant, to celebrate the brands quarter-century! All variants offer the two-tone paint schemes. Only time will tell if the brand’s current evolution from developing tiny city cars to comparatively larger compact SUVs will prove rewarding, but we believe the potential for success remains real, given the obvious combined strengths of Mercedes-Benz and Geely!

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! The EV is not available in India.

Attractive exterior coupé styling and practical interior cabin spaceHeat pump not standard on all variants
Decent electric range and EV charging capabilitySmall boot
Available as RWD and AWD. Good performanceRestricted rear-view visibility due to sloping roofline


The All-Electric Smart #3 SUV Coupé (credit: Smart)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV (Coupé)
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
Smart #3 (from ₹ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-nickel cobalt manganese battery
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 49 kWh/ 66 kWh
Charging:130- 150 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard AC charger: 7.4 kW/ 22 kW AC (10%-80%: 3 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1556
Width (mm):1844
Length (mm):4400
Wheelbase (mm):2785
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):370 (folded seats:1,160 L)

Smart #3
EV Battery Capacity:49 kWh/ 66 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):330 – 455 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100miles):16.3 – 17.6
Charging:130- 150 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard AC charger: 7.4 kW/ 22 kW AC (10%-80%: 3 hrs)
Top Speed:180 km/h
0-100 km/h:3.7 – 5.8 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)/ All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):200 – 315
Max Power (PS):N/A
Torque (Nm):343 – 543
Kerb Weight (kg):1,780 – 1,910
Towing Capacity (Braked/Unbraked)/ (kg):1,600/ 750
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Electric Vehicles (EVs): Jargons

There is no doubt, in that, for those new to electric driving, the terminology can be both daunting and confusing. We have chosen a few jargons to help you get more familiar with electric vehicles (EVs)!

Glossary: Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV):What is a BEV? A battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is more commonly referred to as a pure electric car. A BEV is ‘pure’, in that, the vehicle only uses electric power for propulsion i.e. a BEV does not have an internal combustion engine (ICE). It is easy to recognise these zero-tailpipe emission green cars, as these vehicles are silent (except for the artificial noise), and do not have a tailpipe! 
Frunk:What is a frunk? Though a frunk is not a new term, its availability is becoming more widespread with the development of electric vehicles (EVs). A frunk is a storage space/ compartment/ trunk in the front of a vehicle, rather than the rear. In the case of pure electric cars, given that these vehicles do not have an onboard internal combustion engine (ICE), there is space for a frunk. It is worth noting that a frunk is usually much smaller than a trunk, and in EVs, a good space for storing the EV cable.
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs):What is a MHEV? Mild hybrids use both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor. These cars are also known as ‘self-charging hybrids’. The vehicle uses regenerative braking (recuperated electric energy) to improve the fuel efficiency and to reduce tailpipe emissions (CO2 g/km). However, mild hybrids cannot be charged by an external power source, like an EV charger. 
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV):What is a PHEV? Like a MHEV, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) aims to increase the fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions. However there is much difference between a PHEV and a MHEV. A PHEV has a more powerful electric motor and a larger onboard EV battery. In a PHEV, the electric motor and onboard EV battery are also used to propel the electric vehicle. Moreover, a PHEV battery is charged by using an external power source, like a dedicated EV charger.
Regenerative Braking:What is regenerative braking? Also known as regen braking or brake recuperation, regenerative braking is a process of capturing the wasted energy (during braking) from an electric vehicle, to be reused (recycled). In the case of electric driving, the ‘captured’ energy is reused to increase the pure electric range of the EV.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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