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Cupra Born enters production this September in Germany [Update]

Seat’s sub-brand of performance-oriented cars, Cupra, lifted the covers on its first-ever all-electric car, the Born, in May. The Cupra Born is designed and developed in Barcelona. The car will hit the production floors at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in Germany in September 2021. Its sister model VW ID.3 is already under production at this site.

Exterior

Though the Born is a re-bodied VW ID.3, Cupra designers have lent it a sporty and athletic character. At the front, the Cupra Born comes with all-LED headlamps with daytime running lights integrated. The front bumper of the Born has been given a concave design, below which a large intake is placed with signature copper highlights and accents. The curved front bonnet gets a copper-finished logo of Cupra sitting on the tip of it, with ‘Cupra’ lettering present on the thin strip running between the headlamps.

The Cupra Born features a sharply raked A-pillar and the door panels wear a sharp crease that emerges from the front wheel arch and ends up at the side edge of the tail lamp. The C-pillar comes with a three-dimensional textured finish, providing a floating roof effect. The Cupra Born is available with six different designs in 18-inch, 19-inch, and 20-inch with machined finish and copper highlights.

At the back, the Cupra Born features a diffuser, roof spoiler, and LED tail lamps, with a thin LED strip across the boot lid, connecting the lamps. The body-coloured rear bumper does come with a grey finished region within it, which includes license plate housing and reflectors. The car will be made available in a total of six paint schemes, namely Glacial White, Rayleigh Red, Vapor Grey, Quasar Grey, Geyser Silver and Aurora Blue.

Cupra Born interior

The Cupra Born welcomes one with puddle lamps which project the Cupra logo when the doors are opened. The cabin uses recycled materials – a step taken for enhanced sustainability, an example of which is the central part of bucket seats that uses ‘Seaqual’ yarn comprised of upcycled marine plastics.

The Born comes with a Cupra-specific steering wheel to highlight its sporty demeanour. Other highlights of the cabin include a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system slightly tilted towards the driver side, a fully digital cockpit that also includes gearshift buttons and parking brake, nine-speaker Beats audio system, head-up display which shows driver assistance, speed, and navigation indicators. Customers can select one of the multiple colour trim options with various 3D effects and surfaces on offer.

Cupra Born interior
The Cupra Born has HUD and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is slightly tilted towards the driver. Image courtesy: Cupra

The infotainment system of the Cupra Born features wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, touch sliders for adjusting climate control, and volume controls. Also on offer is a voice recognition system that can be activated by saying “Hola, Hola,” and Cupra Connect technology along with the new My Cupra app. Through this connect technology, one can monitor the car’s exact percentage of battery charge and climate settings inside the car, make an e-call, and access live traffic information and nearby charging stations, all via an embedded SIM.

Specifications

Cupra Born bucket seats
The Cupra Born comes with bucket seats made up of upcycled marine plastics. Image courtesy: Cupra

The Cupra Born is 4,322 mm long, 1,809 mm wide, 1,537 mm tall, with a 2,767 mm wheelbase and a boot capacity of 385 litres. It runs on standard 215 mm section tires for all the alloy wheel options on offer, with an optional 235 mm wider tire available as well, for optimized performance.

The Cupra Born will be made available in multiple variants, all of which differ based on their performance with different lithium-ion battery options. With a 125 kW fast charging option, the Cupra Born can gain an additional range of 100 km in just 7 minutes of charging, with the time taken for gaining up to 80 per cent charge being 35 minutes.

Customers can also opt for the e-boost package, where the variant with a 58 kWh battery has a power output of up to 231 PS (170 kW), with a claimed 0-100 kmph sprint in 6.6 seconds. The best-in-range variant with 77 kWh battery (Range pack) features has a power output of 231 PS (170 kW) and an enhanced range of 540 km. This e-boost package will be made available for customers from 2022.

Variants45 kWh battery58 kWh battery
Power150 PS (110 kW)204 PS (150 kW)
Torque310 Nm310 Nm
Maximum range340 km420 km
0-100 km/h8.9 seconds7.3 seconds
   
Variants (with e-boost)58 kWh battery77 kWh battery (Range pack)
Power231 PS (170 kW)231 PS (170 kW)
Torque310 Nm310 Nm
Maximum range420 km540 km
0-100 kmph6.6 seconds7.0 seconds
Range and acceleration figures are indicative.

MEB platform

The Cupra Born sits on Volkswagen group’s MEB architecture and gets Macpherson struts at the front and advanced 5 multi-link setup at the rear, with an optimized platform for the central positioning of the battery. The vehicle features dynamic chassis control with four different drive modes – range, comfort, individual, and Cupra.

OnlyElectric’s Thomas Majchrzak likes what he sees

Thomas Majchrzak from OnlyElectric got to take a look at the Cupra Born and he seems to come away fairly impressed.

As for the exterior, Majchrzak says the Cupra, being the sport-oriented brand from SEAT, holds a much sportier look when compared to its sibling, the VW ID.3. Where the VW has a more van-ish appearance, the Cupra is almost sportscar-like thanks to the front lip that holds the brand name. Even when viewed from the side, the short bonnet and long low height give a very aggressive appearance which is probably added on to by the fact that the suspension lowers the front of the car a bit more than the rear. Speaking of which, the rear diffuser adds to this feel.