Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Seat unveils el-Born concept ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut

Seat unveils el-Born concept ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut

The el-Born will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

Seat has also said the auto can be recharged in as little as 47-minutes when attached to a fast charger.

After testing through the WLTP cycle, the el-Born can go from 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds thanks to its 201bhp electric motor. The Seat el-Born was designed in Barcelona and will in future be produced at Volkswagen's electric auto plant in Zwickau.

There is no big radiator grille because there's no engine to cool - just a few air intakes to send cool air to the batteries.

Seat has unveiled its first all-electric vehicle, naming the concept after a region of Barcelona, where Seat is based.

"Mobility is evolving and with it, the cars we drive".

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"2020 will be Seat's year of electrification", Seat CEO Luca De Meo said at the company's annual 2017 results presentation last March. A double layer spoiler at the rear also improves the car's aerodynamics to help reduce drag and improve range.

The el-Born demonstrates what Seat sees as the key technologies that are now driving change in the automotive industry - electrification, autonomous driving, shared-mobility and connectivity.

The interior of the auto appears near-production, and features a floating 10-inch infotainment touchscreen angled towards the driver as well as a digital instrument display.

There are additional technologies on board, including level 2 autonomy, like automatic parking and partial control over speed and steering.

"The el-Born has a similar hatchback look to the VW ID Hatch, with a spacious cabin and cabin forward look, a digital cockpit and 10" infotainment inside, a degree of autonomous ability and, say SEAT, is 95 per cent production ready.

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