After launching their first-ever SUV three years ago, the Ateca, Seat is now ready to take another step into the future with several electrified vehicles.
Set to arrive in the market before the beginning of 2021, the six new electric and plug-in hybrid models announced by the Spanish automaker will include cars from different classes. One of them will be the production version of the the El-Born concept, shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, which will join the zero-emission version of the Mii city car.
The new generation Leon, which is currently in its late stages of development, will gain a new plug-in hybrid version, as well as the Tarraco SUV. The plug-in hybrid version of the mid-size SUV will be launched alongside the petrol- and diesel-powered models.
The Cupra brand will play a big role in Seat’s electrification strategy. Thus, the next Cupra Leon and Cupra Formentor will feature plug-in hybrid variants as well. The latter will be produced at the company’s Martorell facility in Spain.
Seat’s ambitions go beyond the upcoming EV and PHEV models, as they will develop a new vehicle platform together with the Volkswagen brand. The new architecture will be a smaller variant of the MEB (Modular Electric Drive Toolkit) that underpins the VW ID range, and will be suitable for compact cars of around 4 meters (157.5 in) long. By comparison, the outgoing Ibiza is 4,059 mm (159.8 in) long.
In other words, Seat is planning to rival the likes of the Nissan Leaf, but at a much more affordable cost. The goal is to launch an EV that starts from under €20,000 (equal to ~$22,600).
“Seat now has a clearer role in the Volkswagen Group, and thanks to the results obtained, we have earned the new electric vehicle platform”, said CEO Luca de Meo. “For the first time, the Seat Technical Center will be developing a platform that may be used by more brands around the globe.”
The Spanish automaker will also tap deeper into electromobility, and the Minimo Concept, as well as the eXS kickscooter, will help them do so.
Note: Seat El-Born Concept pictured