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Cupra Born range and specs revealed ahead of 2022 launch


Cupra will launch its Born electric car early next year with a choice of four derivatives, offering a range of up to 335 miles.

The Born shares its underpinnings with the VW ID3 and was originally set to launch as a Seat model, following its unveil at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Under the Cupra brand, the car takes on a sportier look and features the marque's signature copper details.

The model range starts with a 150PS version that uses a 45kWh battery, giving a range of 211 miles.

Next up is a 204PS model, with a larger 58kWh battery. It has a maximum range of 260 miles. An optional e-Boost function can be specified that increases power to 231PS.

The largest battery available is a 77kWh unit, making the Cupra Born capable of covering 335 miles on a single charge. It's paired with the same 231PS motor.

All Cupra Born models are rear-wheel-drive and the brand says it has extensively re-engineered the chassis to ensure that the Born's handling is befitting of the Cupra badge.

Engineers developed bespoke settings for the optional adaptive damper system and specified extra-wide tyres for the alloy wheels, which come in sizes of 18-20 inches.

Special attention has also been paid to the steering and brakes, to maximise driver engagement.

Drivers are presented with a 12-inch floating touchscreen for the infotainment system and a smaller digital instrument display. Like the VW ID3, most functions are controlled via the touchscreen or using the voice-controlled digital assistant. In keeping with the car's sporty demeanor, a physical button for the ESP system is present.

Specification grades and pricing have yet to be confirmed, but Cupra has detailed a list of technological features that will be available. These include an augmented reality head-up display, adaptive cruise control with Travel Assist, lane departure and blind spot warning, and a full suite of connected services including a smartphone app.

More details on the Cupra Born are expected toward the end of the year, ahead of the car's arrival in the UK in early 2022.

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