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Seat Electrifies 2019 Barcelona Motor Show With Three Concepts


Seat has brought a wide range of vehicles to the 2019 Barcelona Motor Show, Spain, which kicked off on May 9 and will end two weeks later.

The main focus of the VW Group-owned car brand for this year’s event is electrification – and the El-Born and Minimo concepts, as well as the Cupra e-Racer, are on display at its stand.

Based on the Group’s MEB electric vehicle platform, the El-Born is the VW ID.3’s Spanish cousin, with a sportier look and similar performance. The study uses a 62 kWh battery pack that provides it with a range of up to 420 km (260 miles) and powers the 204 PS (201 hp / 150 kW) electric motor, while its production version will launch next year.

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The Minimo is a Renault Twizy rival. It’s an electric urban cruiser with two seats in tandem, measures only 2.5 meters (98.4 in) in length and 1.24 meters (48.8 in) in width, and comes with an easily swappable battery that gives it a range of 100+ km (62+ miles). Like the El-Born, the Minimo also previews a production version, which will be introduced in 2021.

Billed as the first electric racing touring car, the Cupra e-Racer has the ability to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds and 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.2 seconds thanks to an electric powertrain that offers a peak power of 680 PS (670 hp / 500 kW) and 408 PS (402 hp / 300 kW) of continuous power.

The Cupra Formentor is also present at the car show. It’s only a concept for now, with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW) and gives it an electric range of up to 50 km (31 miles) in the WLTP cycle, but it offers a glimpse of a future production version that’s thought to debut next year.

Aside from showing the three concepts and racer, the automaker will allow visitors to test drive several vehicles such as the Ibiza, Arona TGI and Tarraco, as well as the eXS KickScooter and Cupra Ateca.

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