SEAT accelerates

electric offensive

CUPRA Tavascan concept, front
CUPRA Tavascan concept, side
CUPRA Tavascan concept, rear
CUPRA Tavascan concept, interior
SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, side
SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, rear
SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, interior
SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, cutaway

SEAT arrived at the Frankfurt Motor Show with its electric offensive in top gear.

Following the announcement of the SEAT Mii electric and the el-Born, the brand's first two fully electric models, at the international event, CUPRA unveiled its new Tavascan concept car.

It was joined by the new SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, the brand's first plug-in hybrid electric SUV, which was making its world debut in Frankfurt. It is the fourth electric model of the six the company announced it would launch by 2021.

Following the CUPRA Formentor, the first model developed specifically for the brand, equipped with a hybrid engine and scheduled for market release next year, the Tavascan concept car is CUPRA's first fully electric vehicle.

The concept car merges the solidity of an SUV with the sportiness of a coupe, conceived with the highest standards of sophistication, elegance and design. In the boot it integrates the concept CUPRA eXS kickScooter, specially developed for the occasion.

SEAT vice-president for sales and marketing and CUPRA CEO Wayne Griffiths said:"The CUPRA Tavascan is an impressive concept car that demonstrates the brand's enormous potential. Its large size, sporty design, sophisticated interior and technologically advanced engine conform a significant milestone on the road travelled by CUPRA."

The new SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV has a range of more than 31 miles and emissions below 50g/km. Delivering 245hp thanks to its 15hp petrol engine and its 116hp electric motor, the Tarraco PHEV is the most powerful in the range.

SEAT vice-president for R&D Axel Andorff said: "The plug-in hybrid Tarracoperfectly illustrates our strategy towards more sustainable mobility, and at the same time it retains all the dynamism and driving fun that characterise any SEAT model and especially our FR models."

At Frankfurt, SEAT announced pre-sales of its new Mii electric will begin from late autumn in the UK - pricing will be announced when the EV opens for order. It will enter the market early next year.

Coinciding with the commercial launch of the new Mii electric, SEAT will introduce a smart wallbox home charging device. Customers can buy the device, installation included, along with the vehicle, and it will enable them to optimise the car's recharging time and manage all the information on their mobile phone or via an online platform.

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