Cupra El-Born Debuts As Brand’s First Electric Model
First revealed in March of last year, the El-Born was a fully electric concept from SEAT. So far, the company’s performance brand, Cupra, has just revealed the production version of the show-car. It bears the same name as the concept and will be assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau.
Visually, the Cupra version of the El-Born has received a number of visual improvements, including a sharper front fascia, two-tone wheels and wider side skirts. The interior layout is essentially unchanged, but the cabin now has different materials, most of which are recyclable, and sports bucket seats. There is also a new steering wheel.
Under the familiar skin, there is a 77 kWh battery, which offers a maximum range of 310 miles (500 km) between two charges. Thanks to the rapid charging technologies implemented, the EV can recover the necessary energy over at least 260 km in just 30 minutes.
More importantly, the zero-emission sedan will be able to reach 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour) in just 2.9 seconds. Engineers also developed the system called Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (DCC Sport), which is essentially a system that automatically adapts to road conditions to provide “a higher level of driving dynamics”.
“Cupra El-Born displays all the genes of the Cupra brand and we have taken the original concept to the next level by creating a new sporty and dynamic design and rethinking the technological content,” said Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths. “Cupra El-Born is living proof that performance and electrification are a perfect match.”
Cupra plans to launch the production version of the El-Born sometime in 2021.