Sensible left the US after the 2019 mannequin 12 months, nevertheless it nonetheless sells automobiles in quite a few international markets together with Europe and China. The little-car model took an enormous step in direction of the mainstream by displaying an electrical, fastback-like crossover referred to as #3 on the Shanghai auto present.
Visually, the #3 is characterised by rounded strains and a handful of styling cues shared with the #1, which is a extra family-friendly electrical crossover unveiled in 2022. The entrance finish contains a extra aggressive-looking design with a splitter and extra vent-like trim items, whereas the again finish will get a fast-sloping roof line and a light-weight bar. Sensible notes that patrons may have a number of vibrant exterior colours to select from.
It is a comparable story inside: lots of the #1’s options are carried over, together with a tall, flowing heart console and a 12.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. A handful of particulars (resembling spherical air vents and model-specific trim) underline the mannequin’s sportier positioning. The listing of accessible options consists of multi-color ambient lighting, a 13-speaker Beats sound system and a panoramic roof panel.
Sensible had nothing to say about what’s below the sheet metallic. For context, the #1 (pronounced “primary” or “hashtag one” relying in your technology) is powered by a rear-mounted electrical motor that pulls electrical energy from a 66-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It makes 272 horsepower, which is comparatively spectacular till you’re taking the automobile’s 4,012-pound weight into consideration — it is greater than two occasions heavier than the unique ForTwo launched in 1998. There’s additionally a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Brabus-branded mannequin with 428 horsepower on faucet.
Made in China, the Sensible #3 will go on sale in some European and Asian international locations in early 2024. Pricing info might be launched nearer to its on-sale date, nevertheless it’s of little curiosity to American patrons as a result of nothing means that the crossover might be offered on our shores.
For those who’re questioning: there isn’t any #2 but, and we do not know if one is within the pipeline or if Sensible will skip this quantity. As for the ForTwo, the tiny two-seater that made Sensible a family identify, it acquired a spherical of updates in 2019 and stays accessible solely as an EV abroad.