Wednesday 26 May 2021
Only sportier as the top version
Cupra Birth – ID.3 from Spain
In the future, Cupra should not only be a sporty, but also an electric brand. Along with Bourne, Cupra offers its first fully electric vehicle based on ID.3. It remains to be seen whether this will electrify customers.
After VW, Skoda and Audi, SEAT is now also offering its first explanation based on the group’s electrical modular system. The five-door compact car Bourne will be launched from autumn under the logo of the sporty brand offshoot Cupra and is available in various drive and battery versions covering a performance range from 150 hp to 231 hp. Ranges are between 340 and 540 kilometers.
This means that the Cupra is technically similar to the VW ID.3 and ID.4, Skoda Enyaq and Audi Q4 E-Tron, but it sets its own visual accents. Instead of a crossover, the Spaniard appears as a compact sedan, with a large cooling air inlet, dynamic headlights, and a flatter roof, which is a lot more attractive than the VW ID.3. Inside, it differs from the quiet North German relative with the same basic equipment through special colors and materials, as well as an independent steering wheel.
More horsepower in e-boost
When it comes to drive, Cupra wants to separate itself from the group kinship – at least in the top engine. Thanks to the optional “e-boost” function, it increases the normal output from 204 PS to 231 PS for a short period of time, which is said to be particularly advantageous when overtaking and turning on a traffic light. The top speed of this variant is 180 km / h, which is 20 km / h more than the VW ID.3. The top model will not be delivered until 2022. On the other hand, there is no difference between nations in the 150 hp entry-level model and the 204 hp version without e-boost.
Depending on the motor power, there are small and large batteries. In the original model, the 45 kWh version is used, with the 58 or 77 kWh more powerful models. When it comes to charging technology, the seat should be based on VW. The original model will charge with 7.2 kW (AC) or 50 kW (DC), the more powerful version with 11 kW (AC) and 125 kW (DC). Kapra advertises that energy can be recharged in seven minutes for a journey of 100 kilometers.
Seat has not yet announced prices for Kapra Bourne. The comparable VW ID.3 starts at 31,500 euros, with a larger battery 204 hp version available from 35,000 euros. In both cases, funding of less than 10,000 euros is yet to be made.