Electric Cupra Born a Chance for Oz
The Cupra Born could be the first battery electric vehicle from an established Volkswagen Group brand to hit the Australian market.
While SEAT’s Spanish performance car spin-off won’t arrive here until 2022 – watch out for the grid line-up, which will be announced later this week – the enthusiast brand’s local management has already identified the Cupra Born and electrification as having potential for marketing and marketing Distribution opportunity.
There is no guarantee that Cupra will achieve its Born ambitions as its brand colleagues Volkswagen and Skoda already offer electric vehicles in other markets.
And a member of Volkswagen Group Australia, the luxury brand Audi, is already selling an electric car in Australia after launching the Audi e-tron last year, which currently starts at $ 137,100 plus on-road costs .
“Cupra would like to be the first [mainstream] Group brand in Australia to bring an electric vehicle to market, ”confirmed a spokesman.
“But the terms and conditions that prevented us from doing this with other brands still apply.”
The lack of government incentives for electric vehicles in Australia has dampened Volkswagen Group Australia’s craze for electric vehicles so far, but the new sweetener announced last Sunday in New South Wales warmed things up a bit.
Both the Volkswagen ID.4 and its non-identical twin, the Skoda Enyaq iV, are mid-size SUVs that would suit the tastes of the Australian market.
In contrast, the Born is a five-door hatchback based on the same version of the VW Group’s MEB electric vehicle architecture as the Volkswagen ID. 3.
The Born is Cupra’s first electric vehicle and will be launched internationally with a choice of 110 kW, 150 kW and 170 kW if you tick the e-Boost option box. All Born e-motors have an output of 310Nm and are mounted on the rear axle.
The lithium-ion battery is 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh – if you opt for the range pack option. The WLTP range starts at around 310 km, then increases over 420 km and ends at 540 km.
The fastest Born combination is the 170 kW electric motor and the 58 kWh battery, which reaches 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds.
The Born can be charged quickly with a maximum of 125 kW direct current and can add 100 km of range in seven minutes.
The Born drivetrain is complemented by a coordinated sports chassis with progressive steering, dynamic chassis control (DCC), ESC Sport and a lower ride height.
Designed in the Cupra headquarters in Martorell near Barcelona, the Born will start production next to the Volkswagen ID.3 in Zwickau, Germany in September.