Closely related to Volkswagen's ID, the "sporty" hatchback concept is 95% production ready

Seat's first bespoke electric car, the el-Born, is on display at the Geneva motor show with a 201bhp motor, a range of up to 261 miles and the promise that it will offer a “sporty” driving experience. 

The machine, named after a neighbourhood in Barcelona, will be the second EV built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric architecture to go on sale when it is launched in 2020, after the Volkswagen ID hatchback. The engineering and powertrain of the two compact models are expected to be closely aligned, with a range of power outputs offered. 

The el-Born features a 62kWh battery mounted in the skateboard chassis and Seat claims it will achieve 0-62mph in 7.5sec. It will be compatible with 100kW DC supercharging, allowing the battery to be filled from empty to 80% in 47 minutes. It will also feature a thermal management system to maximise range in hot weather. 

The machine features a similar hatchback profile to the ID and styling that showcases what Seat design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos calls “the ultimate translation of our emotional design language into the new world of electrical vehicles”. He added that “we have to make customers fall in love with the idea” of an EV. 

Although the el-Born is officially a concept, Autocar understands that it's 95% production ready, with only minor changes expected before it goes on sale next year. 

The design features several streamlined areas to boost aerodynamic efficiency, including the Seat logo positioned flush on the front bodywork of the car, above small cooling vents that provide air to the battery pack. 

The A-pillar of the car has been pushed forward to maximise internal space, with the sharp side lines creating an air curtain. The rear features an LED light strip that runs the full width of the bootlid, with a double-layer spoiler contributing to the car's aerodynamic efficiency. 

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The interior features a digital instrument display and a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen in a dashboard design that, Seat says, is driver-orientated. 

Seat also says the el-Born will feature "state-of-the-art" driver assistance systems capable of level two autonomy, meaning it can control steering, acceleration and deceleration. A large central bag compartment is located where the transmission tunnel would sit in a regular combustion-engined car. 

The el-Born will be built alongside the ID at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau, Germany. The first bespoke electric car from Skoda, Seat's Volkswagen Group sibling, will be based on the Vision E concept and also use the MEB platform and similar underpinnings.

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1 March 2019

I wonder what the thinking was within SEAT to design their first BEV as an MPV - it most reminds me of the old Altea with a bit of i3 around the rear pillar for good measure.  It's quite attractive, but looks like a bitof a design anachronism.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

1 March 2019
Bishop wrote:

I wonder what the thinking was within SEAT to design their first BEV as an MPV - it most reminds me of the old Altea with a bit of i3 around the rear pillar for good measure.  It's quite attractive, but looks like a bitof a design anachronism.

Remember that era of SEAT, all their cars seemed to be various MPVs based on the Leon shape - Toledo, Altea etc.

Then they paniced, remembered that VW tasked them with being a pretend Alfa Romeo, and got a production line to produce old Audis.

Then they got Skoda to make small taxi Toledos, then gave up on that altogether, instead getting Skoda to build them some SUVs as per the current fashion.

1 March 2019
They are not closely aligned.

They are exactly the bloody same.

1 March 2019
eseaton wrote:

They are not closely aligned. They are exactly the bloody same.

Obligatory Alan Partridge reference -

https://partridge.cloud/grabs/S01E02/gif/bG6EqSXMA9Es.gif

"They've rebadged it, you fool!" :)

1 March 2019

Looks a bit like a GM Bolt

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

1 March 2019

battery management? That has been a problem this winter with EV’s in north America running out of charge very quickly leaving drivers stranded. However this will be of interest to replace our Arona in 2-3 years.

1 March 2019

This is EXACTLY what Tesla should have done.  Hot cakes, and all that.

1 March 2019

Am I the only one who struggles with the difference between an SUV or MPV? This seat looks more sporty than the VW Tiguan but that is classed as an SUV and the Seat an MPV?

like others my first thought on seeing this was previous generation Leon or Altea

I would consider this car if it can match the range of the Hyundai Kona and had a £28-30k price tag

 

You are the weakest link......

1 March 2019

It looks great. The Vauxhall style pillar behind the doors is the only thing letting it down (also looks bad on the Nissan Leaf, why make it look so fussy with paint coming part way up and part way down?).

1 March 2019

Basically an updated Ford Fiesta...

JW

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