Just a few weeks ago, CUPRA presented the production version of the Tavascan, its first electric SUV. This crossover, which will be launched on the market throughout the year 2024, first saw the light in 2019 as a concept car; however, the aesthetics of the final model will not vary much from that prototype.
CUPRA is already testing a Tavascan mule at the legendary Nürburgring circuit. The test unit has the front of the Spanish model; however, the rest of the bodywork corresponds to a Volkswagen ID.4. These types of “Frankensteins” are quite common during the intermediate stages of a vehicle’s development.
Unlike the rest of the Volkswagen Group’s midsize SUVs, which are available in two body styles (Audi Q4 e-Tron/Q4 Sportback e-Tron, Skoda Enyaq iV/Enyaq Coupé iV, Volkswagen ID.4/ID.5), the CUPRA Tavascan will be marketed exclusively in a “coupé” type configuration; that is to say, it will have the rear window more stretched out than a common SUV.
Not in vain, the Spanish-German will be the sportiest of the quadruplets, as his aggressive aesthetics will demonstrate. According to those responsible for CUPRA, the Tavascan will allow the brand to access new markets; according to confidential documents leaked long ago, it will be made in China.
The CUPRA Tavascan will be launched in 2024
Rumors indicate that the Tavascan could sit on an updated version of the MEB modular platform, which should also make its way to Volkswagen IDs. AERO and ID. Buzz. Therefore, instead of having two battery capacities (52/58 kWh in the access models and 77 kWh in the superior ones), it could be offered with three.
The largest pack would be around 100 kWh, which on paper should allow it to go beyond the 600 km WLTP of autonomy. The 77 kWh variant for its part will be capable of exceeding 500 km WLTP. As for the load, we can expect that with the intermediate battery it will reach 170 kW in direct current, while with the largest it will reach 200 kW.
In both cases, it should take about 30 minutes for the car to go from 5 to 80% charge. It will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, with its offering likely to culminate in a high-performance VZ variant.