This striking looking thing is the Tavascan – an all-electric SUV concept from SEAT’s new performance branch, CUPRA. Continuing CUPRA’s growing legacy of extreme design, the Tavascan is a concept car that aims to give us a glimpse of the future electric range from the brand.
Whilst it may be a concept car, the Tavascan is more than a super-futuristic car that comes without a steering wheel and has magic body panels; this is an electric concept car that could actually spawn a road car that shares very similar design and performance. With SEAT and CUPRA forecasting that the electric vehicle market could grow by 15% a year, cars like the Tavascan and previously unveiled Formentor are set to become very important for both brands.
When talking about the Tavascan, it seems only right to start with the design … how could we ignore something this striking? CUPRA say that the aim was to create a car that managed to demonstrate the car’s futuristic nature alongside the performance and efficiency on offer. The end result is an incredibly muscular SUV that shows aggression through hard lines and, from the side, a sleek aerodynamic silhouette.
Where the exterior is almost all about aggression, the interior introduces a balance of calm. Designed to be comfortable for both driver and passengers, the Tavascan features ‘sculptural 3D leather relief bucket seats’ and diffused LED ambient lighting to bring a more relaxed feel to the car. Providing information and entertainment to the driver and passengers is a 13” screen that can swivel to face either the driver or front seat passenger.
Ensuring that the Tavascan doesn’t just look fast, CUPRA have equipped it with two electric motors – one on each axle – that are connected to a 77kWh lithium-ion battery pack; the result being the equivalent of 302bhp fed to all-four wheels and an estimated range of around 280 miles. Thanks to the two motors, and despite the Tavascan’s size, CUPRA estimate a 0-62mph sprint of just 6.5seconds.
CUPRA have already shown us that they’re very good at electric performance, due to the fact that they’re well into the process of creating a 100% electric touring car, the CUPRA e-Racer. When talking about how the two projects correlate, CUPRA noted that technology from the touring car has been translated into the Tavascan. This is good.
The CUPRA Tavascan will be making its debut appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week. We’re looking forward to seeing some real life pictures of CUPRA’s latest electric vehicle but we want to know what you think. Let us know your thoughts on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.