CUPRA has unveiled its first-ever fully electric model – the Born – with the EV hatchback set for production start in September of this year, boasting a range of up to 335 miles.
Previously seen in concept form as the El-Born, the Spanish marque has finally revealed the production model in unison with announcing its ultimate moniker.
Built on the Volkswagen Group’s popular MEB platform, the Born shares much of its technical ability with the VW ID 3, but CUPRA insists that its car brings its own ‘stimulating design and instantaneous performance’, as well as a distinctive ‘dynamic character’.
A total of four lithium ion battery pack and motor combinations will be available. A 45kWh, 150bhp version will offer 211 miles of range as the Born’s entry level trim, with a 58kWh, 204bhp version above that.
Meanwhile, those after top power and maximum range will need one of the 77kWh options, offering 231bhp and hitting a range of up to 335 miles.
This largest of the batteries can also gain 62 miles of range in seven minutes, according to CUPRA, when using a 125kW charger. A 5-80% charge, meanwhile, from a 125kW fast charger can take just 35 minutes.
Customers will also be able to obtain a CUPRA-branded, bespoke domestic Wallbox for home charging, which can be controlled through the Spanish marque’s new Easy Charging smartphone app.
The Born’s design has been sculpted to offer a more performance-orientated model to that of its VW cousin, thanks largely to a pointed front end and striking LED headlight visuals.
“The CUPRA Born’s design is multi-faceted,” said CUPRA design director Jorge Díez. “It sharpens the CUPRA look while at the same time incorporating the modernity of its advanced electric powertrain. It delivers a strong CUPRA character that expresses agility and performance with its mix of flowing surfaces and technical details.”
Wider tyres and sizable alloys of either 18in or 20in also help make the CUPRA Born stand out from its German counterpart.
Inside, a 12in infotainment system is standard on all Born models, with the likes of an augmented reality head-up display, a digital display cluster and touch-sensitive icons controlling all the major functions of the car.
If driving an electric car wasn’t enough, materials used for the Born have also been chosen out of consideration for the environment. The bucket seats, for example, are made from Seaqual yarn that consists of upcycled marine plastics, while recycled Dinamica microfibre has been utilised as an option for the door panels and seats.
The likes of predictive adaptive cruise control, travel assist, traffic sign recognition, emergency assist and pre-crash assist are all standard safety features on the Born. Additional optional systems available include high-beam assistance, a top-view camera and intelligent parking assist.
We’re looking forward to seeing the CUPRA Born hit showrooms and our roads – watch this space for any further announcements on how you can get your hands on one. With production starting in September, initial deliveries are expected in early 2022, but we’ll have more accurate timescales closer to its full launch.