Seat's 201bhp el-Born is brand's first bespoke EV
Closely related to Volkswagen’s ID, the “sporty” hatchback concept is 95% production ready
Seat‘s first bespoke electric car, the el-Born, is on display at the Geneva motor show with a 201bhp motor, a range of up to 261 miles and the promise that it will offer a “sporty” driving experience.
The machine, named after a neighbourhood in Barcelona, will be the second machine built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric architecture to go on sale when it launches in 2020, after the Volkswagen ID hatchback. The engineering and powertrain of the two compact models are expected to be closely aligned, with a range of power outputs offered.
The el-Born features a 62kWh battery mounted in the skateboard chassis, and Seat claims it will achieve 0-62mph in 7.5sec. It will be compatible with 100kW DC supercharging, allowing the battery to be filled empty to 80% in 47 minutes. It will also feature a thermal management system to maximise range in hot weather.
The machine features a similar hatchback profile to the ID and styling that showcases what design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos calls “the ultimate translation of our emotional design language into the new world of electrical vehicles”. He added that “we have to make customers fall in love with the idea” of an EV.
While the el-Born is officially a concept, Autocar understands that it’s 95% production ready, with only minor changes expected before it goes on sale next year.
The design features several streamlined areas to boost aerodynamic efficiency, including the Seat logo positioned flush on the front bodywork of the car, above small cooling vents that provide air to the battery pack.
The A-pillar of the car has been pushed forward to maximise internal space, with the sharp side lines create an air curtain. The rear features an LED light strip that runs the full width of the bootlid, with a double layer spoiler contributing to aerodynamic efficiency.
The interior features a digital instrument display and a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen in a dashboard design that Seat says is driver-orientated.
Seat says the el-Born will also feature “state-of-the-art” driver assistance systems capable of Level 2 autonomy, meaning it can control steering, acceleration and deceleration. A large central bag compartment is located where the transmission tunnel would sit in a regular combustion-engined car.
The el-Born will be built alongside the ID at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau, Germany. Skoda’s first bespoke electric car, based on the Vision E concept, will also use the MEB platform and similar underpinnings.
Source: Autocar Online