New Cupra Tavascan arrives as brand’s first electric SUV
New all-electric Cupra Tavascan will go on sale in 2024 as sporty Spanish brand’s second all-electric model
Cupra has revealed the final production version of the all-electric Tavascan - the brand’s equivalent to the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq iV. Set to hit the roads in 2024, the production version of the Tavascan inherits plenty of the style previewed by the 2019 concept version, and bears a clear resemblance to the UrbanRebel, both using an evolved version of the electric design language used by the Born hatchback.
Specifications have not yet been revealed, but the Tavascan is all but certain to leverage Cupra’s position as a sporty brand within the VW Group, and will likely be offered with the same powertrain as used in the hot Volkswagen ID.4 GTX. This means a 295bhp all-wheel-drive electric set-up fed by a 77kWh battery. The 0-62mph sprint should take just over six seconds, while a range of around 300 miles on a full charge should be possible.
The battery and motor combinations of the MEB platform mean that less powerful, lower range but ultimately cheaper versions of the Tavascan should be possible.
Sister brand Volkswagen has confirmed a round of updates for the MEB platform, however, and these could be ready by the time the Tavascan arrives on sale in 2024. Key targets include an upgraded maximum range of 435 miles, but this will likely be reserved for a long-wheelbase saloon model intended to sit as an electric version of the Passat. 200kW charging could be a production possibility by the time the Tavascan hits showrooms though.
The availability of the updated platform by the time the Tavascan arrives was confirmed to Auto Express by SEAT and Cupra R&D boss Dr. Werner Tietz. “We are based on the MEB and in the case of the Tavascan we will also take advantage of the latest developments of the platform”, he revealed.
The exterior design aligns closely with the 2019 concept, integrating what the brand calls a ‘helmet’ style daylight opening and a specific black fascia at the front, unique for Tavascan. Unlike the other newly revealed Cupra SUV, the Terramar, the brand has revealed the interior for the Tavascan, claiming that it will be a quite different environment to other SUVs using the MEB platform.
The cabin takes strong influence from the concept car, defined by a floating bridge reaching up from the centre console and flowing into the dashboard. Plenty of Cupra’s signature copper colour is used in the interior trim, while the large central touchscreen and compact digital instrument panel are both typical carry-over items for cars on the MEB platform.
Further details about the Tavascan will be revealed next year before it goes on sale in 2024.
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