As battery-powered vehicles become increasingly commonplace, we’re finally beginning to see what their performance looks like in more middle-of-the-road applications. After all, up until recently, EVs have mostly been limited to pedestrian consumer cars and multimillion-dollar performance machines.
But with the launch of its sub-branded Cupra ‘Born,’ Seat is offering us a glimpse of the everyman’s electrified future. Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, it’s essentially an ID.3 with some aggressive Spanish styling and a more powerful motor. As such, around the exterior, you’ll find a sharper hood, an added lower grille, as well as some angular lighting and even a sporty diffuser-esque bumper. Inside, the cabin’s been outfitted with a grip of 21st-century innovations, including a 12″ touchscreen, a digital instrument panel, an augmented reality heads-up display system, and even some bucket seats upholstered with yarn made from recycled marine plastics. When it comes to the drivetrain, the Born will be available in three different battery sizes and motor outputs. While the base model’s 45kWh battery boasts a respectable 211 miles of range, it’s the 228hp e-boost option with its 6.6s 0-60mph sprint that really has us excited. Click the link below for more information.