Spanish manufacturer Cupra is confident that buyers of its first pure electric vehicle will receive these by the beginning of Spring.
Touted as a performance hatchback, initial examples of the Born will get a 204bhp e-motor and draw power from a 58kWh battery. Prices start from £33,735, with this securing a driving range of 263-miles and a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds.
During the remainder of next year, two alternative battery sizes are going to be introduced – a 149bhp version paired to a 45kWh pack, and a range-topping 230bhp model that is supplied by either a 58kWh or a 77kWh unit. Pricing for both these will be announced in the coming weeks, Cupra has said.
For the 58kWh battery, charging from 0-100% is expected to takes six hours and 15 minutes using a domestic wall charger. 35 minutes is needed to go from 5% charge to 80% when the Born is connected to a rapid charger.
Sold in ‘V1’, ‘V2’ and ‘V3’ guises, customers can choose from one of six paint colours, while the seat trim on top rung models can be specified in either ‘Granite Grey’ or ‘Aurora Blue’. ‘V1’ and ‘V2’ cars have black yarn upholstered seats.
All models get LED headlights and tail-lights, alloy wheels measuring between 18- and 20-inches and folding door mirrors, while interior highlights include ambient lighting, a ‘floating’ 12-inch infotainment system with smartphone compatibility, a 5.3-inch configurable driver binnacle, and a head-up display.
Options include active dampers, a Beats audio sound system, a panoramic glass sunroof and niceties such as keyless entry, illuminated door handles, wireless phone charging and park assist that all come as part of the ‘Tech Pack’.
The ‘Pilot Pack’ is another cost extra and brings together travel assist, side assist, rear traffic alert and exit warning, emergency assist and intelligent park assist.
The Born is going to be joined in 2024 by Cupra’s first electric Sport Utility Vehicle called Tavascan, and 12 months later a small electric city car that draws its inspiration from the UrbanRebel concept that was first shown back in September.