Seat’s sports brand Cupra will also play the electric card. A boosted version of the Cupra el-Born concept will be launched in 2021 and will adopt the Born name. Based on the MEB platform, it should take over the most powerful engines. Indiscretions …
Cupra, Seat’s sports brand, kicked off in 2018 with an SUV dubbed Cupra Ateca. The new Cupra Leon allowed him to return to his first love with classic sedans and compact station wagons, not to mention a plug-in hybrid version.
Then, this exclusive label – which claims to be quasi-premium – will push the electrification slider one step further in the form of a 100% electric compact sedan: the Cupra Born. The latter will be the link between the Cupra Leon PHEV and the Cupra e-Racer, a 100% electric competition model claiming 680 hp.
A time presented under the name el-Born, taken from the Seat concept presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, the model will finally be called and quite simply Born. The two appellations (Cupra el-Born and Cupra Born) had been registered by the brand. On the other hand, the car will undoubtedly benefit from a typical sports chassis, both in terms of steering and suspensions. While on the aesthetic level, the Cupra Born will take up the brand’s color codes, namely a lacquered body in petroleum blue enhanced by copper-colored elements affixed to the level of the sills, the mirror caps as well as on the rims. Finally, onboard, the driver and his passenger will be well wedged in bucket seats.
315 hp under the hood (s)!
It will of course be derived from the Volkswagen ID.3. The latter will benefit from a boosted version, called, not Volkswagen ID.3 GTI, but rather Volkswagen ID.3 GTX, to clearly mark the distinction between the sports label of thermal models and that of electric models. The Cupra Born will take over the technical developments made to the Volkswagen ID.3 GTX.
As a reminder, the Volkswagen ID.3 has an electric motor installed at the rear, under the boot, which offers a propulsion architecture. Both designed on the modular MEB platform dedicated to electric vehicles, the ID.3 and Born can also accommodate a second electric machine at the front. The latter provides significant additional power while offering an all-wheel drive, ideal for providing flawless traction in all circumstances.
Thus, according to our colleagues at Motor.es, the Cupra Born would have a 150 kW engine or the equivalent of 204 hp at the rear and another whose power would be between 75 and 85 kW at the front. This gives us a total of 225 or 235 kW, the equivalent of 300 or 315 hp, a level of performance worthy of that of the new Cupra Leon! And with the inherent advantage of 100% electric, you immediately benefit from the maximum torque value.
Cupra Born: 500 km of autonomy
The car should have a maximum speed electronically limited to 180 km / h in order to maintain an acceptable range (of the order of 500 km with a 77 or 80 kWh battery) and its accelerations from 0 to 100 km / h will be dispatched. in 5.9 seconds.