SEAT El-Born spied looking almost ready to hit production lines

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SEAT El-Born new spy photo

The EV should be launched later this year.

The first electrified models of SEAT, Volkswagen Group’s Spanish arm, are the zero-emission Mii and the Tarraco plug-in hybrid - but this is just the beginning as the company is also working on an all-new, all-electric vehicle. Tentatively known as the El-Born, the EV has been spied by our photographers undergoing cold-climate tests near the Arctic Circle. If it’s looking very much like the Volkswagen ID.3 to you, let us explain.

Naturally, the El-Born will be based on the same MEB modular platform, which also underpins the ID.3 and that will be used as a foundation of many electric vehicles by the multi-brand conglomerate. VAG’s decision to share the design inside and out along with most of the technical specifications with its Wolfsburg cousin makes a lot of sense in the business department since the two will be assembled together at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in Germany.

See its German sister model:

Still, the two won’t be identical twins as the Spanish model will feature different headlights and taillights, as well as a slightly reshaped cabin. In typical SEAT fashion, we’re expecting the Spanish electric compact to look a bit sharper in a bid to attract a younger audience, much like it’s the case with the Ibiza-Polo and Leon-Golf pairs.

The technical specs should mirror those of the ID.3 which means 45-, 58-, and 77-kWh batteries for a WLTP-certified range of up to 342 miles (550 kilometres) with the biggest pack should be available. When plugged into a 100-kW DC supercharger, the battery, depending on its capacity, can be fully recharged in about an hour.

SEAT's electrified push:

SEAT previewed the production El-Born, named after a fancy neighbourhood in Barcelona, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The electric vehicle should be at the firm’s showrooms later this year.

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