Grammer announced it was supplying the centre console for Smart’s #1 SUV EV.

It said the design “flows” seamlessly from the cockpit into the interior, thus redefining the interior and taking on new functions.

Both air conditioning outlets have been moved from the dashboard to the centre console for the first time.

“Here, we were able to score points with our expertise in component integration and interface management, as well as with sustainable, noise-optimised solutions for the air ducts,” the supplier said.

Soft surfaces come in different colour and texture variants and there is virtually seamless integration of three large compartments for smartphone (with wireless charging pad and USB socket), cupholder and armrest.

Haptics, user friendly operating comfort, and ergonomic design were tested in the company’s brand new ErgoLab at its German base.

The consoles are manufactured in China to supply the car plant in Xi’an.

The minimalistic design of the new car concentrates all operating functions in the large instrument cluster and reduces physical buttons in the interior.

The console includes a retractable, infinitely adjustable, and extra soft armrest. It opens at the level of the front seat edges so there is a generous storage compartment accessible from both sides for (hand) bags or larger beverage bottles.