Cupra Tavascan Sporty electric crossover spied on … As VW ID.4
Believe it or not, this electric test vehicle, which is undeniably a Volkswagen ID.4, is actually a mule for its upcoming counterpart from Cupra, the Tavascan. Our spies firmly believe that this is not just an ID.4 running brake tests on public roads, but that it is actually a very early glimpse of an upcoming Spanish model expected in 2023-2024 .
We saw the Tavascan in concept form and its body bears no resemblance to that of the Volkswagen. Not even the overall shape or proportions are the same, and while we know the production version will not be identical to the concept, much of the sheet metal in the study will greatly inspire the final production car.
This sighting confirms that Cupra (the sporty arm of the Spanish VW subsidiary Seat) is still quite early in the development process for the Tavascan. It seems they have more or less completed the front end design, which is why it is completely covered on the VW Mule, and we can’t really tell if the front fenders are the same as those on the ID.4.
Overall, the front section does not seem to be that of the Volkswagen, especially with this sporty front bumper with rather aggressive air inlets. It also looks a bit longer than the ID.4’s snout (there’s more front overhang).
We’re not sure what Cupra was trying to hide on the tailgate with that little camouflage patch that’s attached there. It just looks like it’s covering a round (presumably Volkswagen) badge – the Cupra logo is very different in its outline, so we’re pretty sure it’s not hiding underneath.
There’s little chance we’ll see a more complete Tavascan prototype this year, though it should show up next year. The rest of the Tavascan package will mirror the VW ID.4, including battery packs up to 77 kWh and a top-of-the-line twin-engine powertrain of around 300 hp (possibly more).