Cupra Tavascan electric SUV concept revealed

SEAT's performance spin-off brand reveals 302bhp electric SUV concept named the Cupra Tavascan

Cupra, the high-performance brand spun off from SEAT, has released full details of its Cupra Tavascan electric SUV concept.

Driven by a pair of electric motors – one on each axle – developing a total of 302bhp through all four wheels, the Tavascan can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds.

Those motors are fed by a 77kWh lithium-ion battery pack, providing enough energy for a range of 280 miles on a single charge. 

The car raises the possibility of a fully-electric coupe-SUV being put into production by Cupra; the brand says this sector has the potential to grow by 15% a year.

Despite the car's performance intentions, Cupra also says it'll offer “comfort for all occupants". The interior combines structural carbon and "dynamic approaches to technology" to provide a balance between performance and practicality.

Diffused LED ambient lighting greets occupants as they open the doors, while inside there is contrasting leather, carbon and Alcantara trims.

There are sculptural 3D leather bucket seats, as well as a wing-shaped dashboard that 'floats' across the front of the interior. Behind the steering wheel, there's a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, supplemented by a 13-inch infotainment display that offers full smartphone connectivity.

According to Cupra, the larger screen can shift its focus, moving towards the passenger when needed. Speakers are also integrated into each of the bucket seats.

The Tavascan takes its name from a village in the Pyrenees mountains on the border between Spain and France, which Cupra says is "unique due to its stunning landscape and surrounding nature".

A single teaser image revealed in July gave a glimpse of the Tavascan's rear, where the tail-light spans the width of the tailgate and incorporates the Cupra logo. Meanwhile, the roofline of the vehicle provides what Cupra describes as “the presence of an SUV and the sleekness of a sports coupe.”

The carmaker had revealed the Concept for the first time in a teaser video earlier that month. Although it gave little away, LED headlights could be made out at the front, with an illuminated Cupra logo visible on the bumper’s leading edge.

Cupra says the front end features vents to help boost range, while a diffuser at the rear also helps with aerodynamics.

Having been revealed initially online, the Tavascan will make its physical debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the second week of September.

Cupra’s concept is built on Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-vehicle platform, which is set to underpin everything from the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback to the SEAT el-Born hatchback. It’ll also form the basis of the Skoda Vision iV, which will be offered in both coupe and SUV forms when it goes on sale in 2021.

Cupra's current line-up consists solely of the petrol-engined Cupra Ateca, a high-performance version of the SEAT Ateca family SUV. However, the brand also showed the Cupra Formentor concept car at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

The Formentor concept is a coupe version of the Ateca with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and previews a production model that'll go on sale in 2020. There's expected to be a less powerful version that'll wear a SEAT badge, too.