Currently reading: Seat confirms first electric model to be shown next week
Based on the VW Group’s MEB platform, the Seat EV has been previewed in an image
Rachel Burgess
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28 February 2019

Seat has confirmed it will launch its first electric vehicle at Geneva motor show next week.

The Spanish brand has released a darkened image previewing the car, which will be built on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform, a modular architecture to be used on Audi, VW, Skoda and Seat electric models.

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Seat boss Luca de Meo described the concept car as a “project of passion” and said it “shows what can be achieved through the synergy of design, technology and pushing the boundaries to meet the demands of future mobility”.

The at-yet-unnamed EV will be twinned with the 2019 Volkswagen ID hatch, thanks to shared VW Group underpinnings. That platform will also be used by Skoda's first purpose-built electric SUV, which will take inspiration from its Vision E concept.

The image shows a model that is taller than the ID hatch but not as high as a traditional SUV, suggesting it will be a crossover of sorts.

Seat boss Luca de Meo, talking at the reveal of its Minimo urban concept car earlier this week said: “We are the second brand after Volkswagen to use the MEB platform. It shows you our brand positioning and how group management sees the role of Seat.

“Over the past five or six years, we’ve shown that, given the right ingredients, we can cook very well. Just look at [the success of the] Leon.” Design chief Alejandro Mesonero added that the electric concept car was “97% there” in terms of final production design.

The 2020 model will be Seat's second EV, following an electric Mii, a twin to the upcoming Skoda e-Citigo and updated Volkswagen e-Up, will arrive later this year. 

The electric hatch will come at the tail end of an aggressive range expansion that will soon see the introduction of the Tarraco SUV, which shares its underpinnings with the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The electrified range will coincide with a new design direction for Seat. It will begin with the forthcoming fourth-generation Leon, according to design boss Mesonero. He told Autocar last year that the Leon's design would be “a bigger step” than the company has taken since the relaunch of the brand with the current Leon in 2012.

“Sometimes you need to take a bigger step so as not to be obsolete. We’re ready very soon for the next, bolder step in design,” he said.

The new Leon will also introduce the firm's first plug-in hybrid powertrain. No details of the powertrain have been released, but it's expected to be an updated version of the powertrain used in the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTE


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The next Leon will also get what R&D boss Matthias Rabe has described as "fantastic technology and a fantastic user interface" as part of what insiders suggest will be class-leading infotainment, set to be rolled out across the rest of the range after its introduction.

Seat is also keen to emphasise that it “will remain committed to internal combustion engines” when expanding its plug-in range. It will also offer internal combustion engines fuelled by clean-burning compressed natural gas.

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26 June 2017
So what are the other two new segment model then? Where is the insight here?

28 February 2019

Who thought of those full-width rear lights first?

Every marque needs an electric car. In the case of VAG, however all they need is one. Oh and a few assorted badges.

27 June 2017
About 15 years old now but still a great looking concept. Oh, and don't they build the Toledo anymore?

23 March 2018
Beastie_Boy wrote:

Oh, and don't they build the Toledo anymore?

No. Skoda build it, not Seat, as it's just a re-badged Rapid.With the next Rapid likely to be closer in concept to the Seat Leon, there probably isn't an opportunity to derive a Toledo from it that would be different enough from Leon.

27 June 2017
6 new versions of the Leon but with different lengths and widths

27 June 2017
The Toledo seems to still be on the SEAT website.

However it is a slow seller, even compared to the Skoda Rapid on which it is based and built alongside. It was never really marketed, just seemed to appear and will probably just disappear.

I tried to track down a DSG model as a cheap runabout (lot of car for the money!), they're as rare as hens teeth.

I reckon they'll still need something to sell to Spanish fleets - hire cars, taxi drivers etc. and just as the Exeo and Toledo they might look to sister brands for an applicable model.

27 June 2017
So the design work for the large SUV is already complete. Wonder just how long it took to graft SEATs corporate grille onto the Skoda Kodiaq?

18 July 2017

Autocar wrote:


Rabe said Seat no longer planned to simply put its badge on another VW Group ‘shared’ product, as is the case with today’s Mii and Alhambra.  

... that your " game changing " brand new Ateca also shares plenty of its body parts with a Skoda, the Karoq.

I wonder if Seats " new " design language will be as different as Audis " new " design language that they just debuted in the A8.

18 July 2017

So the Alhambra replacement will be a large crossover? They do realise that the whole point of such vehicles is interior space?

18 July 2017
I can't see that concept aging well, it may even look outdated by the time it arrives.

On the subjects of evs and hybrids, after driving the hydrid rav4, and the golf gte I'm now a bit of a fan.

The prius I never got, it's mpg wasn't that special and you lost out on power and interior quality (the Hyundai iconiq suffers the same compared with the i40).

But when a hydrid set up is used to add power to lesser engines, and filling in for the lack of a turbo or to fill lag with a bigger turbo, they really work as a good deisel alternative.

They give responsiveness of a petrol the torque and mpg of a diesel. I'm not in to EVs/hybrids for their "greener" credentials, but if they can offer a good package of power and economy, why would I not like it.

I'm glad some oems are now focusing on power and efficacy over trying to sell to hipsters.

The more oems that move into this space, the quicker the tech will evolve, and the prices will lower. It's can only be a good thing.


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