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Coming soon: 2020 Seat el-Born electric hatchback

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First published: 5th March 2019
  • Seat’s first standalone electric model
  • Range up to 261 miles
  • Currently 95% production ready
Seat has revealed its first standalone electric car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The electric el-Born, named after a neighbourhood in Barcelona, will go on sale in 2020, and will be closely related to the forthcoming Volkswagen ID hatchback, which is due out next year.

According to Seat, the el-Born will have a 261-mile range (on the WLTP test cycle), with 204 horsepower, and will do the 0-62mph run in 7.5 seconds

It features a 62kWh battery and will be compatible with 100kW DC supercharging, which means the battery can be charged from 0-80% in 47 minutes. It will also feature a thermal management system to help maximise the range in hot or cold weather.
The design is very streamlined, to help boost aerodynamic efficiency. Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, director of design at Seat said, “Our design team has taken very seriously the challenge of making our first full electric vehicle attractive. I believe that driving electric cars has to be thrilling, has to be fun. We have to make customers fall in love with the idea of the electric car.”
Inside, the car features a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a digital instrument display. Where you would usually have the transmission tunnel on a petrol or diesel car, there is space in the el-Born to store a bag.

Seat has also said the el-Born will feature plenty of advanced driver assistance systems, including level two autonomous capabilities, which means that the car can control steering, acceleration and deceleration.
Although the Seat el-Born is a concept car, Seat has said it is very close to production, and will go on sale in 2020. There’s no wording on pricing yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know more.

Find out more about all the cars revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

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