Under the supervision of the Volkswagen Group, Seat will launch its second EV, after the Mii Electric, in 2020.
The model was previewed by the El-Born near-production study at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and is based on the same platform as the upcoming Volkswagen I.D. Hatch.
The versatile architecture has been specifically designed for battery-electric models and, as it stands, the El-Born promises a range of 420 km (261 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
Powering the top-of-the-line, 204 PS (201 HP / 150 kW) electric motor is a 62 kWh battery pack with DC fast-charging that allows it to be charged to 80 percent in 47 minutes, while naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 7.5 seconds in Seat’s MPV-ish EV.
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On the outside, the El-Born sports an enclosed grille as there’s no need for engine ventilation, headlights with a similar pattern to other modern Seats and 20-inch wheels.
Open the door and you will see the minimalist-looking cabin, with a 10-inch infotainment system angled towards the driver, and a fully digital instrument cluster. Thanks to clever packaging, there are lots of storage spaces and a 380-liter (13.4 cu-ft) boot, according to AutoTrader, who got the chance to closely check out the show car.
The El-Born can drive itself under different scenarios, taking care of the acceleration, braking and steering thanks to the Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, and also sports a self-parking function.
Once it hits the market, it’s estimated to cost between £25,000 and £30,000 ($31k-37.5k / €28k-33.5k at today’s exchange rates) in the United Kingdom, or about the same as the Nissan Leaf.