During the annual press conference, SEAT has announced that their first fully electric vehicle will launch in 2020.
Part of a product offensive that sees one new car introduced every six months until the turn of the decade, it will have a zero-emission range of 500km (311miles), the automaker says.
Underpinned by the MEB platform, which will be shared with the Volkswagen ID lineup, the EV is believed to be called either Born, Born-E or E-Born, according to a previous report. It’s expected to be of compact size, but thanks to the clever engineering, it will be more spacious than the Leon.
In other words, SEAT’s electric vehicle will most likely be a rebadged Volkswagen ID Hatch. It should cost as much as a diesel-powered Golf, and will benefit from over-the-air subscriptions and updates, just like the Tesla cars.
The Cupra Ateca is another vehicle that’s part of the offensive, along with the SEAT Tarraco. Both of them will go on sale at the end of the year, and will be joined by the new-gen SEAT Leon in 2019, offered in two body styles: five-door hatchback and estate. The compact car will gain a PHEV variant, with an electric range of at least 50km (31miles).
SEAT has also announced a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), the first one to join their family, but they haven’t revealed anything else about it.
Internal combustion engines won’t go anywhere just yet, as the Spanish automaker remains committed to them, as well as cars powered with compressed natural gas (CNG).
2017 was a great year for SEAT. It was “one of the fastest growing brands in Europe”, in their own words, after shipping 468,400 vehicles.