Seat's first bespoke electrical automobile to be proven at Geneva

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Seat’s first stand-alone EV mannequin imagined by Autocar
Spanish automobile maker’s first purpose-built EV shall be revealed imminently; it will be adopted by a plug-in hybrid Leon

Seat’s first electrical mannequin, based mostly on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, shall be revealed on the Geneva motor present subsequent week.

The at-yet-unnamed EV shall be twinned with the 2019 Volkswagen ID hatch, due to shared VW Group underpinnings. That platform can even be utilized by Skoda’s first purpose-built electrical SUV, which is able to take inspiration from its Imaginative and prescient E idea.

Seat boss Luca de Meo, speaking on the reveal of its Minimo city idea automobile, mentioned: “We’re the second model after Volkswagen to make use of the MEB platform. It exhibits you our model positioning and the way group administration sees the position of Seat.

“Over the previous 5 or 6 years, we’ve proven that, given the suitable substances, we are able to cook dinner very effectively. Simply have a look at [the success of the] Leon.”

Design chief Alejandro Mesonero added that the electrical idea automobile was “97% there” by way of last manufacturing design.

Seat says the EV will “characteristic a spread of 500km”. That vary, which equates to 311 miles, is similar determine quoted by Skoda and VW for his or her upcoming EVs.

The 2020 mannequin will be Seat’s first EV. An electrical model of the Mii, which was anticipated as a twin to the upcoming Skoda e-Citigo and up to date Volkswagen e-Up, is now understood to be much less of a precedence. Seat R&D boss Matthias Rabe mentioned that mannequin is “much less concrete”.

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The Seat EV is described as being taller than the ID hatch however decrease than Skoda’s electrical SUV, suggesting it will experience like a crossover.

The electrical hatch will come on the tail finish of an aggressive vary enlargement that may quickly see the introduction of the Tarraco SUV, which shares its underpinnings with the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan. The present Toledo small hatchback is more likely to be axed shortly after this.

However Seat will rapidly add one other all-new mannequin to the vary when an electrical SUV is launched as a cousin to the Skoda EV.

The electrified vary will coincide with a brand new design course for Seat. It’s going to start with the forthcoming fourth-generation Leon, in response to design boss Mesonero. He instructed Autocar final 12 months that the Leon’s design could be “a much bigger step” than the corporate has taken for the reason that relaunch of the model with the present Leon in 2012.

“Typically it’s essential take a much bigger step in order to not be out of date. We’re prepared very quickly for the following, bolder step in design,” he mentioned.

The brand new Leon can even introduce the agency’s first plug-in hybrid powertrain, Rabe revealed. No particulars of the powertrain have been launched, but it surely’s anticipated to be an up to date model of the powertrain used within the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTE. 

The subsequent Leon can even get what Rabe described as “improbable know-how and a improbable person interface” as a part of what insiders recommend shall be class-leading infotainment, set to be rolled out throughout the remainder of the vary after its introduction.

Seat can be eager to emphasize that it “will stay dedicated to inside combustion engines” when increasing its plug-in vary. It’s going to additionally provide inside combustion engines fuelled by clean-burning compressed pure fuel.

Extra reporting by Julian Rendell and Mark Tisshaw

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