Seat El-Born Concept Is A Thinly Disguised Production EV Coming Next Year

Following our earlier look on VW Group’s latest EV concept, Seat officially revealed the el-Born, an MEB-based electric car that’s set to hit the market by 2020.

The el-Born is the second EV based on VW’s MEB platform, following the VW ID Hatch. Compared to its German cousin, the el-Born is designed to look sportier and more emotional, honoring Seat’s philosophy.

The automaker claims that the production version will be able to deliver up to 260 miles (420km) of driving range on the WLTP cycle from its 62kWh battery pack, as well as a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 7.5 seconds when combined with the range-topping 201hp (204PS) electric motor.

The battery-electric hatch is also compatible with up to 100kW DC fast-charging, so it’ll be able to charge its battery from 0 to 80 percent in as little as 47 minutes.

The concept is riding on 20-inch turbine-design wheels that improve its aerodynamic efficiency, which plays a huge role for an electric vehicle. Seat says they incorporated an “air curtain” into the el-Born’s design in order to find the balance between performance and aesthetic appeal.

Other features include an advanced thermal management system, which uses a special heat pump that can reduce the electrical heating consumption to save up to 37 miles (60km) of driving range. This will prove useful to users in countries with colder climates.

As with the VW ID Hatch, the el-Born was able to maximize interior space thanks to the great packaging of the MEB platform. The dashboard’s design is less futuristic than you might expect and more production-ready, featuring a 10-inch infotainment system with plenty of connected features.

Seat’s first all-electric model will also feature Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, Intelligent Park Assist and a wide range of driver assistance systems.

*Article updated with live images from the VW Group Night’s presentation

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Live images Copyright Guido ten Brink – SB Medien for Carscoops.com

  • TheHake

    I like it!

  • NeoShark

    The wheels design is amazing.

  • Bash

    Heck the whole thing is amazing, I love it @NeoShark @TheHake

  • Jim Jones ©

    Thats gotta be near as what the VW version is going to be internally, 500k range rear wheel drive price of a Diesel golf…….where do I sign??

  • exeptor

    Apart from the great concept this brings me to the idea that EV revolution (whatever that means) might do some unexpected good things – like bringing back the reasonable practicality, by lowering and “melting” the SUV design and essentially resurrect the van type car . It was called a family man car for a reason, but I somehow prefers it in comparison with SUVs.

  • Alx

    how chunky are those seats tho!?

  • supermanuel

    Love it. Are we witnessing the return of mojo at SEAT?

  • Toronado_II

    How do you select the “gears” ?

    • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

      That skinny lever with the large P behind the steering wheel

  • Mike anonymous

    Ah… I remember when Seats’ next Electric vehicle looked like this… Good times,.. good times. (Although this VW ID disguised at a Seat,.. isn’t all that bad)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d3dc38d8a81fa1c363effad6a16b1691d69d82e6fc397f613d8995db9690b5e7.png

    (By the way the exterior design of this vehicle would have actually been completely production ready (including the split headlamps) if produced today).

    • JRP

      It looks like an electric Leon.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks like a Ford, which is a good thing now that Ford has moved on to a less-attractive design language.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    That’s what I was talking about. I just assumed it had an odd shape, instead of being connected to the IP

  • GARRY PALMER

    This is a fantastic looking car and if it is reasonably priced should do very well indeed. I suspect they will follow the same pattern of release as VW with launching the mid range first then the others a few months later.

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