Following the unveiling of their first all-electric car, the el-Born, SEAT has now announced that they’ll have a total of six electrified models in their range by 2021. The announcement comes shortly after Volkswagen Group released plans to significantly grow their electrified offering to 70 vehicles by 2030.
It’s safe to say that we were impressed by the el-Born when SEAT premiered it at the Geneva Motor Show, so we’re pretty excited about this news. Starting with an electric version of the SEAT Mii later this year, this plan will see the brand offering a range of electric and hybrid vehicles at accessible, entry-level, prices.
Following this year’s electric SEAT Mii, SEAT have confirmed that the el-Born will go on sale in 2020 and that the next generation Leon hatchback and Tarraco SUV will offer plug-in hybrid variants. Whilst the Tarraco may have only just been released, Autocar predict that we can expect to see the next generation Leon later this, ahead of its official release in 2020.
Interestingly, this aim to electrify stretches as far as SEAT’s performance brand, CUPRA. In fact, alongside plans to electrify the CUPRA Leon, the brand’s very first non-SEAT-derived model, the Formentor, is a plug-in hybrid. Seen for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, the new CUPRA Formentor SUV boasts an output of 180kW/245PS, a dual-clutch DSG transmission and the ability to drive up to 50km in pure electric mode. Learn more about the new CUPRA Formentor here.
Unlike many brands that are developing and building electrified vehicles, SEAT is committed to ensuring that their forthcoming entry-level electric car will be sub-£20,000. In order to achieve this, they’ve opted to use a smaller version of Volkswagen Group’s modular MEB platform and will be leading small electric car development in collaboration with Volkswagen – a first for the SEAT brand.
The development partnership comes after SEAT celebrated their highest ever profits – 300 million euros – and highest ever turnover – almost 10 billion euros – in 2018. Talking of the exciting opportunity, company CEO Luca de Meo said:
“SEAT now has a clearer role in the Volkswagen Group, and thanks to the results obtained, we have earned the new electric vehicle platform.
“For the first time, the SEAT Technical Centre will be developing a platform that may be used by more brands around the globe”
The announcement brings with it the promise of both affordable and performance electric vehicles from the brand and we can’t help but be excited. The SEAT el-Born seems to be a great starting point and we can’t wait to see what the brand delivers next.