Cupra el-Born revealed with 500 km range


Remember the Seat el-Born electric hatchback concept/prototype that was revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show? Well, its near-production model has been revealed under the Cupra sub-brand. It’s not a full reveal though, and we don’t have a lot of information to share just yet.

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As for styling, the shape of the headlights has been sort of retained. There’s a tiny upper grille between the headlights with the Cupra wordmark in the centre, while the lower grille has a bigger opening with a bold Copper accent. On the side profile, the shoulder line has been retained and so is a winglet-like fin on the lower section of the rear door. The aerodynamically optimized wheels with Copper accents look pretty cool too. As mentioned, we don’t yet know how the rear-end looks like, but we can imagine it to be pretty close to the aforementioned 2019 concept.

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The near-production interior isn’t too far from the concept either; the layout has been retained and so are most of the design cues. We can notice a digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system, a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, a centre console storage with a sliding cover, and of course, generous Copper accents.

Technical bits
Full technical information is not available at the moment. Responding to an email, a spokesperson from Seat said that the necessary information will be shared closer to the launch date.

What we can share at the moment, however, is that the Cupra el-Born packs an 82 kWh battery pack (77 kWh usable), which is claimed to deliver a range of up to 500 km (310 mi) on a single charge. Thanks to its fast-charging capability, a 30-minute charge is claimed to deliver about 260 km (161 mi) of range.

As for the powertrain, the Seat el-Born concept had a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor. It remains to be seen if Cupra’s iteration will have more horses. Seat claims a 0-50 km/h (31 mph) acceleration time of 2.9 seconds for this one. The specially tuned Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (DCC Sport) promises superior driving dynamics.

The Cupra brand’s first all-electric vehicle will be produced at the Zwickau factory and will go on sale in 2021.

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