Cupra has disclosed a collection of formal spy images of its initially totally-electric powered motor vehicle: the Cupra Born, which will be disclosed in final output kind in the coming weeks. 

These new images of the final car or truck showcase the output model enterprise some final winter testing, just before it helps make its total debut. 

Cupra states its engineers have racked up extra than 19,000 miles for the duration of the Born’s chilly weather conditions progress programme, at temperatures as minimal as -30°C, with most of the tests built to anxiety the limits of the car’s adaptive dampers and chassis management units.

Save for a established of output-pleasant alloy wheels and a new badge, the Cupra Born appears in the vicinity of equivalent to the SEAT El-Born strategy from the 2019 Geneva Motor Present. It shares the same quick bonnet, fared-in radiator grille, significant quarter gentle home windows and tailgate spoiler.

It should really also line-up with the expectations established out late very last yr, when the El-Born was previewed donning Cupra badges. The output-prepared Born EV will also function a selection of sporty styling cues, these types of a reduced trip-height, twenty-inch alloy wheels, intense front and rear bumpers, finned facet skirts and a pair determine-hugging bucket seats.

Chassis and powertrain

The Cupra Born is primarily based on the same MEB underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.3, with an electric powered motor powering the rear axles. 

Cupra states the Born will go from 0–31mph in 2.9 seconds, but the rest of the car’s general performance specs are however to be verified. Back when SEAT was handling the undertaking, however, the Born was because of to acquire a 201bhp electric powered motor, which would give the EV a 0–62mph time of 7.five seconds.

A battery pack with a nominal capacity of 82kWh means that a selection of up to 310 miles underneath WLTP should really be probable. The ID.3’s scaled-down 62kWh nominal battery pack will be readily available on reduced selection versions of the Born, providing close to 260 miles on a total demand. 

With the MEB platform comes 100kW DC charging, indicating the hatchback can recuperate an 80 p.c demand in close to forty seven minutes or consider on 161 miles of selection in just thirty minutes.

Interior and tools

Like all of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB motor vehicles, the Cupra Born has a extended wheelbase relative to its total duration, which should really enable it to produce the inside house of a car or truck from the class above. As these types of, boot house should really be on par with the SEAT Leon, but there should really be extra legroom for rear seat passengers.

The Cupra Born’s cabin is similar to the ID.3’s with a digital instrument binnacle, a floating ten-inch infotainment display and touch-sensitive controls for the car’s heating and ventilation technique. It will also function a pair of racy bucket seats and a sporty Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel.

Cupra has also verified the Born will function the ID.3’s new augmented fact head-up exhibit, moreover smartphone connectivity by means of the car’s infotainment technique and an built-in warmth-pump technique that does not attract power from the car’s battery pack to heat the cabin. 

Pricing and positioning

Given the Cupra Born’s upmarket branding, we expect it will stray from the Volkswagen ID.3’s pricing tactic. 

Relatively than costing “the equivalent of a very well-specced diesel Golf” – the line typically touted by VW executives just before the rollout of the now expansive ID.3 line-up, selling prices will probable be equivalent to the latest-generation Cupra Leon or Mk8 Volkswagen Golfing GTI with a scaled-down quantity of bigger-spec versions to pick from, commencing from close to £34,000.

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