SEAT’s first electric car, the el-Born, is on display at the Geneva Motor Show. The el-Born comes with a 201bhp motor, a range of up to 420km and a sporty driving experience.
The car, which is named after a neighbourhood in Barcelona, will be the second vehicle built by Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric architecture to go on sale in 2020.
The el-Born features a 62kWh battery, which is mounted on the chassis, and is quoted to achieve 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds. It will also be compatible with the 100kW DC supercharging, allowing the battery to be filled empty to 80% in 47 minutes. The el-Born will also feature a thermal management system to maximise range in hot weather.
While the images featured are officially a concept, the el-Born is 95% production ready, with only minor changes expected before it goes on sale next year.
The design of the el-Born features several streamlined areas, which are to boost aerodynamics and increase efficiency. This includes a streamlined SEAT logo positioned flush on the bodywork of the car, above small cooling vents that provide air to the battery pack.
The ingenuity doesn’t stop there, the A-pillar of the car has been pushed forward to maximise internal space, with the sharp side lines creating an air cushion. The rear features an LED strip that runs the full width of the boot lid, with a double layer spoiler contributing to aerodynamic efficiency.
In interior features a digital instrument display and a 10 inch infotainment touch screen in the centre of the dashboard, which is driver orientated.
Seat says the el-Born will also feature state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, which will be capable of Level 2 autonomy, which mean it can control steering, acceleration, and deceleration.
The el-Born will be built alongside the ID at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau, Germany.