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Cupra Raval name for 2025 small EV

Production version of UrbanRebel concept gets Raval name; small EV will share its platform with Volkswagen ID.1 and ID.2

Cupra Raval front static

The Cupra Raval name has been confirmed for the Spanish brand's forthcoming small EV. Based on the Volkswagen Group's 'Small MEB' platform, the Raval will share a number of parts with the VW ID.1 and ID.2, as well as the yet-to-be-named Skoda electric supermini.

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Previously known as the UrbanRebel, the new name serves as a "tribute to the Raval neighbourhood" – a district in the heart of Barcelona where Cupra and SEAT hail from.

Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths said: "The Raval is one of the most surprising parts of Barcelona. We are proud that the brand’s future urban electric car will have its name and represent its spirit."

The UrbanRebel began life in 2021 as a radical electric racing-car, before morphing into a road-ready concept the following year. The Raval is a simple rebadge of that later vision, with an identical design that we expect to align closely with the production model due by the middle of the decade. 

The Raval gets four doors for added practicality, and a ride height much more suitable (than the race car) for encountering speed bumps and potholes. Unsurprisingly, the motorsport concept’s enormous rear wing was also ditched.

That said, the Raval still has a full-width rear light bar with an illuminated Cupra logo, a split roof spoiler, chiselled body lines, short overhangs at the front and back, plus the brand’s signature copper accents and an aggressive front end design that picks up where the Cupra Born left off. Compared to the rounded design language Volkswagen will employ for its entry-level EVs, the Cupra is set to be more athletic-looking.

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According to Cupra sources, the Raval as it's now known, is roughly 95% representative of the eventual production car, with a few tweaks to the door handles and mirrors expected. We also expect there to be some other minor changes made to the car before it enters production in 2025.

The cabin in particular is likely to be different in the roadgoing model, as the concept’s futuristic cockpit features Gameboy-esque controls on the steering wheel, a total of three screens for the driver and an ultra-thin central infotainment touchscreen. The production car could still get a ‘floating’ centre console, bucket seats, recycled materials and touch-sensitive operation of the climate control as seen here, but we’ll have to wait until the launch to know for sure. 

According to Griffiths, while the production car’s interior will be different, it’ll retain the concept’s sporty focus. “Everything will be orientated around the driver – we don’t do big screens for passengers, the big screen is for the driver and the whole console and experience should be orientated towards the driver,” he said. “We’ll do all the autonomous and safety assistance features that people want, but you should always be able to switch it off to have some fun.”

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Under the metal, the Raval sits on a new platform called ‘Small MEB’ that'll also underpin Skoda's entry-level EV plus Volkswagen’s Polo-sized ID.1 and a VW crossover called the ID.2

In the concept car, a single electric motor drives the front wheels only and produces 231bhp, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds. A range of up to 273 miles on a charge is claimed, however figures for the production versions could well be more modest in order to keep the price low.

The Raval measures 4,036mm nose-to-tail, with a wheelbase of exactly 2.6 metres, and is just 1,975mm wide. For context, that’s about the same width and length as a Peugeot e-208 or Vauxhall Corsa-e, but the Cupra is slightly taller, at 1,576mm. The much longer wheelbase should also help maximise cabin space, although no passenger or luggage space figures have been disclosed as of yet.

The Cupra Raval will be built at the brand’s Martorell factory in Spain, alongside its sister models from Skoda and Volkswagen. Griffiths previously hinted that the entry-level EV would cost just over €20,000 (around £17,000 at today’s exchange rate) when it goes on sale in 2025 – slightly higher than the ID.1 and ID.2’s expected price tags. 

Potential rivals for the Cupra Raval include other compact EVs like the Smart #1, electric Renault 5 hatchback and Renault 4 crossover, the new MINI Electric debuting later this year, and the fully electric MINI Aceman crossover also due soon. The Fisker PEAR has also been teased with a sub-£25,000 price tag, however, that car will be much larger than the Raval – roughly the same size as the Kia Sportage.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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