After VW, Seat will be the second brand in the Volkswagen Group to launch a purely electric model based on the MEB platform – “probably in 2020”, according to the company press release.
Shortly before the official debut planned for the Geneva Motor Show next week, Seat is now showing the first photos of the upcoming electric car and releasing key data.
The Seat BEV is called “el-Born” after a trendy district of Barcelona. El-Born can accelerate to 100 km/h in around 7.5 seconds with an engine output of up to 150 kW. A 62 kWh battery package serves as an energy storage device, which should enable a range of up to 420 kilometres on the basis of the WLTP driving cycle. The system is designed for a charging capacity of 100 kW.
The Seat BEV is a compact model in the format of the Seat Leon, which, according to the manufacturer, will score well for its aerodynamics and a correspondingly sleek design. In the interior, a digital cockpit with a 10-inch display stands out in the middle of the dashboard. In addition to infotainment and connectivity, the Spaniards are also promoting the autonomous driving functions and various driver assistance systems of the el-Born.
According to Seat, the model also has advanced thermal management as a plus point for the range, enabling it to travel a long distance even under unfavourable conditions. “Particularly useful in countries where temperatures can be very low for long periods of time,” says the accompanying press release.
In the the future, the model will roll off the production line in the German city of Zwickau, just like the VW ID. and a still-nameless compact SUV from Audi. From 2021, Volkswagen’s first location transformed into an electric power plant will produce up to 330,000 electric models per year. Specifically three VW models, two Audis and Seat’s el-Born.
The Seat el-Born electric car will premiere at the Volkswagen Group night, just before its public debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.