Electric Cupra set to turn heads

Riley Riley

No word on the price yet but Cupra’s all- electric, hot hatch Born could turn some heads.

Built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform, the rear-wheel drive Born is expected to arrive by April next year.

VW believes Cupra’s intersection of design, performance and technology perfectly aligns with the interests of Australian buyers.

Born shares a platform with Volkswagen’s ID.3 and the Audi Q4 e-tron.

With 170kW of power and 310Nm of torque, Born boasts a 0-100km/h time of 7.0 seconds.

What’s more, with an 82kWh battery, 77kWh of which is useable, it will have a range of 511km (WLTP).

Engineers have focused on matching steering, ride, handling and electronic stability control (ESC) tune to the instantaneous electric thrust unique to BEVs with a view to driver appeal.

Progressive steering, sports suspension and 19-inch alloys are standard.

Dynamic chassis control, 20-inch wheels and wider Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres will form part of a Performance Package option – one of two packs available.

A high level of technology includes LED headlights with Light Assist (Auto High Beam), a 12.0-inch infotainment display and 5.3-inch driver display, DAB+ digital radio, 4 USB-C ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless phone charging.

This is bolstered by active safety technology including adaptive cruise control, 360 degree camera, lane assist, front assist, park assist, side assist with rear traffic alert and more.

Further luxury can be obtained including heated and power adjustable front seats, Beats premium sound and more, via the second, Interior Package.

Cupra’s Ben Wilks said the Born will cement the allure of the Barcelona brand in the local market.

“The Born is a BEV with a long 500km-plus range, exclusive rear-wheel drive hot hatch dynamics, plus the interior space and versatility of a larger vehicle,” he said.

“Its specifications are ideal for progressive Australian customers who will also be drawn to pricing similar to our other great hot hatch, the Leon VZx.”


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