SEAT Cupra Concept Previews Future EV
Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit says its all-electric Cupra Tavascan concept crossover vehicle has an estimated driving range of 450 km (280 miles).
The concept will be publicly unveiled next week at the Frankfurt auto show. Riding on VW’s MEB electric vehicle platform, the Tavascan will be powered by a pair of electric motors that produce a combined 300 hp and propel the vehicle from zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 6.5 seconds.
The concept is expected to lead to a Cupra-badged production EV in coming years. SEAT and its Cupra sub-brand plan to launch a combined six electrified models by 2021.
Announced last year, the Cupra will serve as a technology flagship for SEAT. The first model—the Cupra Formentor crossover—and two plug-in hybrid models are due next year.
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Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.