The all-new Seat el-Born electric car has been revealed ahead of its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2019.
The car will make its first debut at the Volkswagen Group night, before its public unveiling at in Geneva.
Named el-Born the car is the first 100 per cent electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform.
Its name was based on the most iconic neighbourhood of Barcelona, which was said to be a source of inspiration for the designers.
Seat designed and developed the car in Barcelona but it will be manufactured at the Zwickau plant in Germany.
“Mobility is evolving and with it, the cars we drive. SEAT is at the forefront of this change, and the el-Born concept embodies the technologies and design philosophy that will help us meet the challenges we face in the future,” said Luca de Meo, President of SEAT.
Powering the car is a 62kWh battery pack which is said to produced 260 miles of range on the WLTP scale. Its battery pack is paired with a 204PS electric motor which allows the car to sprint from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds.
Seat has also said the car can be recharged in as little as 47-minutes when attached to a fast charger.
The car’s design is said to embody what future Seat cars will look like. It looks like a blend between the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3 and VW ID and has fairly dynamic looks.
Separating it from the combustion engined vehicles in its line-up is mainly the omissions of a front grille, something which is superfluous on an EV.
Aerodynamics are key to maximising the vehicle’s range, to this end the SEAT logo on the front is flush to the body, where there is no need to take in air to cool the engine so no demand for a grille.
Cooling vents are placed lower down the vehicle’s front, providing air to the battery pack and so streamlining airflow over the front of the vehicle.
“el-Born is the ultimate translation of our emotional SEAT design language into the new world of electric vehicles.
“Our Design Team has taken very seriously the challenge of making our first fully electric vehicle attractive. I believe that driving electric cars has to be thrilling, has to be fun.
“We have to make customers fall in love with the idea of the electric car”, said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT.
The wheels have a ‘turbine’ design which encourages air to flow through them which ventilates the brakes and improves aerodynamics. A double layer spoiler at the rear also improves the car’s aerodynamics to help reduce drag and improve range.
Inside the car, the design is fairly minimal with the dashboard being dominated by a 10-inch infotainment and connectivity screen perched in the centre.
The SEAT el-Born benefits from autonomous level two systems, giving partial automation to the vehicle so it can control steering, acceleration and deceleration events. It also comes with Intelligent Park Assist which is also an attractive new feature of the electric car.
Prices for the car are expected to be released next week at the VW Group event ahead of its unveiling in Geneva.
The car is expected to hit markets by 2020.
Published at Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:51:00 +0000