The electric section of the automobile industry, which is thriving in vogue every day, has been saturated with a new model from SEAT with a dazzling blooming design. We are talking about the 2022 Cupra Born EV. Cupra is taking the next step in its electrification road map, delivering emotional design and instantaneous performance using the most refined electric powertrain technology with the launch of Cupra Born.
The Cupra Born is under-printed by the Volkswagen Group’s MEB all-electric platform, which also underpins the VW brand’s ID3 hatchback and Volkswagen ID4 crossover, along with the Skoda Enyaq and Audi Q4 e-Tron. Cupra’s version is the first battery-electric vehicle from the brand, which is shifting to sell only fully electric cars.
At 4322 mm long, 1809 mm wide, and 1537 mm tall it is marginally longer and taller than the Volkwagen ID3. The Born is also partially larger than a Volkswagen Golf. The brand aims to upgrade the sporty image of its electric car by proffering a version with higher power output and quicker acceleration.
Born was primarily previewed in 2019 as a SEAT concept car called the el-Born. A revised Cupra el-Born was then announced during the mid-2020s, before being renamed for this final production version as the Cupra Born.
Engine And Battery Performance Of Cupra Born
From launch, there will be three different water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack sizes available – 45 kWh, 58 kWh, and 77 kWh.
Cupra Born is powered by a 148 bhp single-engine power plant and 310 Nm of torque. Acceleration from zero to the first hundred takes 8.9 seconds. The 45 kWh battery provides a range of up to 340 km. The mid-spec 58kWh battery pack will have two different variants. One is a 201 bhp option that can hit 100 km/hr in 7.3 seconds. Driving range improves considerably over the smaller battery pack with SEAT claiming around 420 kilometers. The second will feature SEAT’s e-boost performance pack which bumps power to 170 kW with the same torque and drops the 0-100 km/hr dash to 6.6 seconds. The range is still said to be 420 kilometers but dynamic driving will reduce that number considerably
The largest battery variant available is a 77 kWh unit, making the Cupra Born capable of covering 540 km in a single charge. This battery pack will produce 170 kWh and 310 Nm. The 0-100 km/hr time slows to 7 seconds due to the extra heft of the bigger battery pack.
The high-performance EV can add an additional 100k km of range in as little as 7 minutes using a 125 kW charging point, making typical journeys as simple and easy as if using a combustion engine vehicle. And even if the battery pack SOC (State Of Charge) is only 5% it can be replenished to 80% in as little as 35 minutes.
All Cupra Born models are rear-wheel drive and the brand says it has extensively re-engineered the chassis to ensure that the Born’s handling is befitting of the Cupra badge.
Interior And Safety Features Of Cupra Born
The interior of the 2022 Cupra Born EV looks familiar, but there are a few key differences. Drivers are presented with a 12-inch floating touchscreen for the infotainment system and a smaller digital instrument display. Most of the functions are controlled via the touchscreen or using the voice-controlled digital assistant. It is also featured with the newly developed “CUPRA CONNECT” smartphone application. Also, the central tunnel and steering wheel are decorated differently. Recyclable materials are used in the decoration. Bronze accents act as decor. Overall the interior has a modern flavor brimming with technology and some innovative material.
The Born comes equipped with a host of safety features such as an autonomous emergency braking system, predictive adaptive cruise control, travel assist, side and exit assist, traffic sign recognition, emergency assist, and pre-crash assist.
Exterior Features Of Cupra Born
Cupra has designed its exteriors with a brand new theme of dark misty blue and copper accents all around. LED lights, front and rear, bit sporty copper accented wheels, and that prominent Cupra badge is all present.
The Cupra logo is joined by a Cupra script, and although it’s an electric car it doesn’t need anything like the usual amount of air intake. It has a very dynamic-looking front bumper, complete with a blended-in grille.
This range-topping model features a rich paint color. The brakes have been honed, too. For the Cupra Born, lots of time has been spent to improve the pedal feel during the blend between recuperation and friction braking. This apparently gives the best brake actuation possible.
Other features include a near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution, sports-tuned suspension, 18 to 20-inch alloy wheels, and performance-oriented tires ranging from 215-235 mm in width.
Manufacturing And Production Of Cupra Born
Designed and developed in Barcelona, at the headquarters in Martorell, the Cupra Born will go into production at the Zwickau EV production plant in Germany this September.
Regarding the sales, the brand is planning to sell it directly to customers for reinforcing their online presence as well as make life easier for customers. Prices will be announced in the winter and the deliveries are expected to start from the early 2022s. Specification grades and prices are yet to be confirmed.
A quote from Cupra and SEAT president, Wayne Griffith:
“The Cupra Born is a game-changer, not only for electrification but the wider market too. Through its emotional sportiness, we want the next generation of young challengers to be part of this transformation- that’s why Cupra will use unconventional sales models to reach new people and take the Cupra brand beyond the traditional.”