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Cupra Tavascan Concept hints at brand’s EV future

4 Cupra Tavascan

Cupra has revealed a new electric SUV concept that signals the brand’s future direction.

The Tavascan is a large SUV with a Coupe body - a segment that is predicted to grow by 15%.

It is larger than the Cupra Formentor that the brand unveiled earlier this year.

“Besides the Cupra Formentor, which will be launched in 2020 alongside two other high-performance plug-in hybrid models, we have already proved our technological capabilities by developing the world’s first 100% electric touring car, the Cupra e-Racer. With the presentation of the all-electric Cupra Tavascan concept, we are translating this vision into the streets and proving that performance can be electrified”, said Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths.

The Cupra Tavascan Concept is the first road Cupra to use a 100% electric powertrain.

It is powered by two motors – one integrated on the front axle, the second at the rear – providing a combined 306PS to all four wheels. This gives the car a 0-60mph time of less than 6.5 seconds.

A 77kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides a range of up to 280 miles.

Cupra says the vehicle’s exterior “mixes performance and efficiency, bringing muscularity and dynamism to the segment, tempered against the ability to reduce its environmental impact”.

The vehicle’s front design emphasises its electric personality with an illuminated Cupra logo.

Its muscular wheel arches house 22-inch alloy wheels, focused on shifting air cleanly, allowing the coupe SUV to glide, minimising resistance.

The Concept’s interior applies contrasting colours, structural carbon and dynamic approaches to technology and design to provide a high-end, lightweight cabin.

Behind the steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is supplemented by a 13-inch infotainment display.

The larger screen can shift its focus, moving towards the passenger when needed. Speakers and smartphone connectivity is integrated into each of the vehicle’s seats.



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