2021 Cupra el-Born electric hot hatchback revealed

A Cupra-branded performance version of the SEAT el-Born is due next year

  • Sharper styling and copper touches
  • Bigger 82kWh battery
  • Set to reach showrooms in 2021

The SEAT el-Born electric car will be available as a Cupra-branded performance version, the manufacturer has confirmed. The Cupra el-Born will be launched next year and will use a bigger battery than the SEAT version.

While the maximum battery size for SEAT-badged cars is 62kWh, the Cupra el-Born has an 82kWh battery. It’ll be shared with the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron and the Skoda Enyaq, and Cupra promises a range of up to 310 miles on a full charge. Zero-to-31mph takes 2.9 seconds, and we expect 0-62mph to be dealt with in just over six seconds.

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The Cupra el-Born will be rear-wheel drive. The same setup in the Skoda Enyaq features a 201bhp electric motor. Fast-charging at a public charger will add around 160 miles of range in half an hour.

Like the Cupra Ateca and the forthcoming Cupra Leon, the Cupra el-Born has sportier styling and eye-catching copper elements, on the alloy wheels, trim pieces and badging. It’ll sit on lower, firmer suspension than the SEAT version, while buyers also get grey wing mirrors, sharp LED headlights and bigger wheels than standard.

The interior features sports bucket seats and Cupra’s new steering wheel. Blue Alcantara suede-like upholstery will feature throughout, alongside leather and soft-touch plastics. Cupra merely says the car has ‘full connectivity’, which we expect to mean Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Car2X technology. The latter means the car talks to other so-equipped cars and local infrastructure. You’ll be able to access more features through an accompanying smartphone app, while an augmented-reality head-up display will also be available.

The SEAT el-Born is the Spanish company’s take on the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, and will be the brand’s second EV after the SEAT Mii electric city car. Last year we revealed that a high-performance Volkswagen ID.3 R could well be in the pipeline, which will be the Cupra’s main rival.

That would be similar to the way in which the current SEAT Leon Cupra is a rival to the Volkswagen Golf R, as both use the same underpinnings and engine.

Read about the cars coming in 2021 and beyond.

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