The German maker is expected to be using the update, likely to go on sale towards the end of the year, to remove all of its petrol engine options and go electric-only. It follows on from an announcement last year that the brand would become “a fully electric urban mobility brand” under new leadership.
With combustion engine variants gone, Smart will be looking improve the current weaknesses of the EQ models - namely the uncompetitive electric range. Under the new WLTP system, the current models promise just 70 miles from their 22kWh battery, far below that of any of the latest crop of small electric cars.
Expect developments in battery technology, plus a larger capacity, to be able to take that up to or above 124 miles. Charging speeds should hopefully improve, too, as the current models are only able to charge at a rate of up to 7kW. It's not clear yet if the 82bhp electric motor will receive a power boost, however.