Mercedes-Benz’s First EQ Model is from Smart


The Smart EQ Fortwo Coupe and Cabrio are making their debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Serving as the first series-produced vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz EQ family, the Smart EQ Fortwo will be available in the U.S. market later this year. On display in Geneva is the special Nightsky Edition model, which celebrates the beginning of the EQ era. The special model features Brabus exterior styling, but won’t be offered in the U.S. along with the Forfour.

Currently Smart is the only automaker in the world that offers its model range with both combustion engine and all-electric variants, although in the U.S. it has stopped selling standard gasoline engine variants. In fact, the brand plans on converting to an all-electric strategy worldwide at some point in the future. For now, the U.S., Canada, and Norway only offer electric Smart cars, while from 2020 Smart will do the same in Germany and Western Europe.

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“Smart is electric, innovative, intelligent and totally unique, or in three words each: ‘Smart EQ Fortwo’ and ‘Smart EQ Forfour’,” said CEO of Smart Dr. Annette Winkler. “With the Smart EQ Fortwo/Forfour, we are putting the first products from the Mercedes-Benz Cars EQ family on urban roads and showing how much fun electric mobility can be. “The Smart EQ Fortwo and Smart EQ Forfour are accompanied by the launch of an optimized charging technology as well as a new app around electric mobility.”

Pricing information on the Smart EQ Fortwo will be announced closer to its launch in mid-2018.

As for Mercedes-Benz, its first EQ model will be the EQC, which is set to go into production at its Bremen plant starting next year.

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