It will be interesting to observe what platform will be employed by smart for its next SUV. The company has an all-new configuration on its hands, but it might not introduce a rear-wheel-drive B-segment crossover. Instead, smart may also offer an all-wheel-drive option, which would mark its first system of that kind.
A significant difference from the time when the smart SUV rumors first popped up is the fact that Daimler is a partner of Renault-Nissan. As you can imagine, the French-Japanese corporation already has products in the B-segment SUV and crossover offerings, which makes it difficult for them to support their partner’s new business venture.
However, the market is large enough to support an SUV from smart at the same time as a model from the Renault-Nissan Alliance that first had its technical platform. After all, the Smart brand is a different kind of automaker, and it might sell enough crossovers to settle its financial necessities without affecting the Nissan and Renault brands, which sell significantly mode cars every year.
Just like the other smart models, the crossover or SUV would come with a distinctive design. While it may be polarizing, the described strategy should bring customers that are more interested in being different from just having the run-of-the-mill SUV.