The message about Seat el-born is confusing. Because, on the one hand, Seat is already talking a lot about series production, which, by the way, will take place in Zwickau, on the other hand, it is “just” a concept vehicle. In any case, the study shows how Seat envisions electromobility in the future. The model is already based on the MEB, the VW Group’s electrical construction kit.
Seat el-born should “probably” go into series production in 2020
The name of the study, which is unlikely to go into series production, refers to a trendy district in Barcelona. The vehicle is intended to bring together electrification, autonomous driving, shared mobility and connectivity. The Spaniards designed the model themselves in Barcelona, and it will later be built at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, which in future will only produce electric vehicles. Series production for the vehicle is expected to be in 2020.
Future electromobility from Seat is already standard today
The technical data, however, are already well behind the recently introduced Polestar 2. The 62 kWh battery pack is to cover a range of up to 420 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. The 150 kW (204 PS) electric motor itself accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in 7.5 seconds. The battery should be brought back to 80 percent of its capacity in 47 minutes with a 100 kW DC quick charge. A drive that you can already buy from Kia and Hyundai today.
Seat el-born with clever packaging and therefore lots of space
What one has to attribute to the Seat el-born, however, is a very practical design. Basically, it resembles a compact vehicle based on a bus. In today’s world, the model would most likely be comparable to a Mercedes-Benz class or the Golf Sportsvan. This creates a lot of space, especially in the rear and in the trunk. The driver looks at a digital cockpit, as well as a 10-inch touchscreen and an extremely reduced interior. It remains to be seen whether the 20 inch rims were such a good idea in terms of aerodynamics. After all, these are cleverly disguised to allow the airflow to slide along the body.