New 2021 Cupra Born electric sedan to be unveiled on May 25
Spanish performance brand Cupra has confirmed it will unveil its first electric vehicle, the Cupra Born, on May 25.
The car makes its day in a fully digital presentation at 11 a.m., but Cupra has already nearly unveiled its rival Volkswagen ID.3 in a series of revealing teasers.
With the exception of a set of production-friendly alloy wheels and a new badge, the Cupra Born looks almost identical to the SEAT El-Born concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It shares the same hood. short, same grille, large quarter-light windows and tailgate spoiler.
It should also match the expectations set at the end of last year, when El-Born was previewed with Cupra badges. The production-ready Born EV will also feature a range of sporty styling cues, like a lowered ride height, 20-inch alloy rims, aggressive front and rear bumpers, winged side skirts and a pair. form-fitting bucket seats.
Cupra claims its engineers have driven thousands of miles during Born’s development program, at temperatures as low as -30 ° C, with most of the tests designed to highlight the limitations of adaptive dampers and control systems. car chassis.
Chassis and powertrain
The Cupra Born is based on the same MEB foundations as the Volkswagen ID.3, with an electric motor powering the rear axles.
Cupra says the Born will go from 0 to 31 mph in 2.9 seconds, but the rest of the car’s performance specs are yet to be confirmed. Back when SEAT was handling the project, however, the Born was to receive a 201bhp electric motor, which would give the EV a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds.
A battery rated at 82 kWh means that a range of up to 310 miles under WLTP should be possible. The ID.3’s smaller 62 kWh rated battery will be available on lower range versions of the Born, providing around 260 miles on a full charge.
The MEB platform has a DC load of 100 kW, which means the sedan can recover an 80% load in about 47 minutes or achieve a range of 161 miles in just 30 minutes.
Interior and equipment
Like all MEB vehicles from the Volkswagen Group, the Cupra Born has a long wheelbase compared to its total length, which should allow it to deliver the interior space of a top class car. As such, trunk space should be on par with the SEAT Leon, but there should be more legroom for rear passengers.
The Cupra Born’s cabin is similar to that of the ID.3 with a digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch floating infotainment screen, and touch-sensitive controls for the car’s heating and ventilation system. It will also feature a pair of racy bucket seats and a sporty Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel.
Cupra also confirmed that the Born will feature the ID.3’s new augmented reality heads-up display, as well as smartphone connectivity via the car’s infotainment system and a built-in heat pump system that doesn’t pull. energy from the car battery to warm the passenger compartment.
Pricing and positioning
Given Cupra Born’s premium branding, we would expect it to deviate from the Volkswagen ID.3’s pricing strategy.
To that end, prices will likely be on par with the current generation Cupra Leon or Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8, with a smaller number of higher-performing models, starting at around £ 34,000.
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