Seat Reveals el-Born: Its First Long-Range Electric Hatchback

MAR 1 2019 BY MARK KANE 49

Seat el-Born previews production electric car, scheduled for 2020

Seat el-Born is the new all-electric concept, which will be unveiled at the Volkswagen Group Night, on March 4, and at the Geneva Motor Show.

It reminds us of the Volkswagen I.D. and we guess that it will be a kind of sporty/dynamic version of the German flagship. The Spanish car is named after one of the most iconic neighborhoods of Barcelona, where el-Born was designed and developed.

The el-Born is based on Volkswagen MEB platform and will be manufactured side-by-side with the I.D. in the Zwickau plant in Germany from 2020. This way Seat will become the second brand within the Volkswagen Group with a MEB-based EV on the market.

Seat decided to use 62 kWh battery and says it will be enough for up to 420 km (261 miles) of range in WLTP test cycle. To save energy during cold weather (for up to 60 km), conventional electrical heating is supported by heat pump. The 150 kW electric motor is expected to provide 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 7.5 seconds. A depleted battery can be then recharged in 47 minutes (0-80%) using DC fast charger (up to 100 kW).

Seat underlines that having an all-electric powertrain enabled it to maximize interior space. Images of the interior present a modern layout with 10” infotainment touchscreen.

“The sculpted cabin gives a feeling of lightness and floatability, but also technological advancement, with the integration of the digital cockpit, a 10” infotainment and connectivity screen perched in the centre of the dashboard.

Once inside, the immediate focus is on the driver, with all the lines in the dashboard pointing towards whoever is behind the steering wheel.

Space is no longer a premium inside the cabin, with all occupants enjoying more room to relax into their cocooning seats, thanks to the increased internal proportions, but the space is also used to maximise practicality and functionality. There is also greater storage space too; the ability to stow a bag between the two front seats is a simple and effective example of this maximised capacity.”

In terms of automation, Seat el-Born is equipped with level 2 systems to assist the driver.

Seat el-Born specs:

  • 62 kWh battery
  • up to 420 km (261 miles) of range in WLTP test cycle
  • up to 150 kW (204 PS)
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds
  • 0-80% fast charging in 47 minutes (up to 100 kW DC)
  • based on MEB platform
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Press blast:

SEAT el-Born: plugged into electric mobility

  • World Premiere of the concept car SEAT el-Born at the Volkswagen Group Night
  • el-Born is the first all-electric SEAT vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform
  • This concept car highlights SEAT’s focus on continuing to provide sustainable mobility in an ever changing world
  • The all-electric car incorporates state-of-the-art autonomous functionality and connectivity technologies to enhance the driving experience
  • The vehicle’s energy-dense battery pack can be recharged in as little as 47 minutes, replenishing its range of up to 420km

SEAT el-Born will make its first appearance in front of the world’s media at the Volkswagen Group night, before its public debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. SEAT el-Born is a concept car that answers the varied questions posed by the electric revolution, and becomes a game changer in the process.

The world is changing and with it, mobility too. Just as the combustion engine changed the way we travelled in the early 20th century, electrification is moving us towards the next-generation of automotive development.

As this change happens, pushed by commitments to reduce CO2 emissions and our impact on the environment, SEAT is assuming greater responsibility and helping accelerate the change towards a low carbon future.

Cities are becoming more densely populated but customers want to continue to use personal mobility, so the SEAT el-Born concept fuses the core aspects driving change in the automotive industry: electrification, autonomous driving, shared-mobility and connectivity.

SEAT el-Born is the first 100% electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform. A concept car named after one of the most iconic neighborhood of Barcelona. An inspiration for designers and engineers of SEAT who have created a sporty vehicle with the most advanced electric technology.

The vehicle is designed and developed in Barcelona and will be manufactured at the Zwickau plant in Germany; SEAT will be the second brand to introduce an all-electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. The car is expected to hit markets by 2020.

“Mobility is evolving and with it, the cars we drive. SEAT is at the forefront of this change, and the el-Born concept embodies the technologies and design philosophy that will help us meet the challenges we face in the future,” said Luca de Meo, President of SEAT.

With a power and energy dense battery pack at its very centre giving the SEAT el-Born a range of up to 420km on the WLTP official test cycle and the ability to reach 100km/h in only 7.5 seconds, the vehicle is as dynamic and practical as you are expecting it of a SEAT. Add to this the ability to recharge the battery in as little as 47 minutes and it starts to change the perceptions of electrification.

The SEAT el-Born isn’t just about the promise of usable electrification, but the integration of other technologies too. The vehicle incorporates autonomous functionality to support the driver as well as a host of assistance systems.

Designed to drive

The SEAT el-Born is designed to drive. Its dynamic proportions are enabled by its electric powertrain, pushing the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle and allowing a more vibrant and energetic stance compared to traditionally powered cars.

It embodies the future of vehicle design in a modern and integrated way, emphasised most acutely at the front of the vehicle. Aerodynamics are key to maximising the vehicle’s range, to this end the SEAT logo on the front is flush to the body, where there is no need to take in air to cool the engine so no demand for a grille. Cooling vents are placed lower down the vehicle’s front, providing air to the battery pack and so streamlining air flow over the front of the vehicle.

As the eye moves over the SEAT el-Born, the position of the A-pillar has noticeably moved further forward, creating a sleeker look, and internally, more room in the cabin. This is facilitated by the electric powertrain requiring less room.

“el-Born is the ultimate translation of our emotional SEAT design language into the new world of electrical vehicles. Our Design Team has taken very seriously the challenge of making our first full electric vehicle attractive. I believe that driving electric cars has to be thrilling, has to be fun. We have to make customers fall in love with the idea of the electric car”, said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT.

Improved aerodynamics play an enormous role along the side of the vehicle, with an air curtain incorporated into the design, an elegant yet practical answer to the conundrum of balancing performance with aesthetic appeal.

This is perhaps highlighted in no better way than at the wheels. With 20” wheels, the need to maximise performance was crucial. The turbine design creates a positive flow of air that not only improves aerodynamics but also ventilates the brakes to maintain dynamism. The wheels provide the perfect balance between aerodynamics, heat evacuation and lightness.

At the rear of the vehicle a double layer spoiler contributes to the aerodynamic performance of the SEAT el-Born too, making sure that air flow remains smooth and turbulence is minimised. It also provides an awareness of the vehicle’s dynamic and performance virtues.

Inside, space is maximised thanks to the all-electric powertrain, giving the opportunity to offer a completely new experience.

The sculpted cabin gives a feeling of lightness and floatability, but also technological advancement, with the integration of the digital cockpit, a 10” infotainment and connectivity screen perched in the centre of the dashboard.

Once inside, the immediate focus is on the driver, with all the lines in the dashboard pointing towards whoever is behind the steering wheel.

Space is no longer a premium inside the cabin, with all occupants enjoying more room to relax into their cocooning seats, thanks to the increased internal proportions, but the space is also used to maximise practicality and functionality. There is also greater storage space too; the ability to stow a bag between the two front seats is a simple and effective example of this maximised capacity.

Powered to perform

SEAT el-Born is a true game changer in the market with performance that matches the customers desire and the necessity of real world driving, unlike any vehicle has before now.

With a power output of up to 150kW (204PS) the vehicle can reach 100km/h in as little as 7.5 seconds – enough to meet the demands of any driving scenario. But that is only half the story.

Electric vehicles aren’t solely judged on their performance, but also their ability to travel further on a single charge of their batteries and minimise the time taken to recharge once the stored energy has been depleted. A metric that the el-Born excels in.

With a real world range of up to 420km based on the WLTP drive cycle from its 62kWh energy dense battery pack respectively, the vehicle is ready to travel wherever the customer needs to. And with compatibility with up to 100kW DC supercharging, the battery can be returned from 0 to 80% in as little as 47 minutes.

The vehicle also integrates an advanced thermal management system to maximise vehicle range in the most extreme of environmental conditions. The vehicle’s heat pump can reduce the electrical heating consumption, saving up to 60km in autonomy – useful in countries where temperatures can drop and occupants need to use climate control systems.

Technology that delivers

As our roads become increasingly congested, cars need to take some of the strain from the occupants. SEAT el-Born does just this, integrating the latest developments in autonomous functionality and connectivity to relieve some of the pressure of modern life.

The SEAT el-Born benefits from autonomous level two systems, giving partial automation to the vehicle so it can control steering, acceleration and deceleration events. Add to this amongst other Intelligent Park Assist and the SEAT el-Born is a concept car that encapsulates the future of driving.

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49 Comments on "Seat Reveals el-Born: Its First Long-Range Electric Hatchback"

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I almost LMA-clean off at the uncanny resemblance of the fascia nose. Lovely looker regardless, should be good to see how VW and Skoda differentiate themselves.

Wow. I hope they didn’t steal the Model Y design.
( Or, maybe I hope they did. )

Bolt and Model 3 baby, lol

According to other sources, this concept is 95% production ready. Amazing. In addition, it is not long range, just mid-range version. The long range version is 83 kWh.

Are they German sources?

Seat did.

“Seat, the Spanish carmaker, has released images of its own take on the MEB architecture. Seat’s MEB concept wears the slightly “Game of Thrones”–like name El-Born. It won’t be the first one to the market, but it’s the first MEB car to shed its cloak of disguise in near-production form. Eventually, the El-Born will follow the Volkswagen version to the dealers in 2020, and reportedly these images show a “95-percent production ready” car. ”

https://www.autoblog .com/2019/03/01/seat-el-born-ev-vw-meb-geneva/

In additional, there are many sources out there confirming that “Seat El-Born Concept Is A Thinly Disguised Production EV Coming Next Year.”

LOL, not even Audi e-Tron is production ready

Awesome. A 2020 Bolt EV! Way to go, VW. >_>

Well this looks much better than a Bolt. The belt line is much better. Bolt looks higher than it is wide. Second, I.D platform comes with rwd stock and awd as option. Seats and interior quality will also be much better. The only thing they have in common is that they are Hatchbacks lol. Don’t get me wrong, I drove the Bolt and find it’s a pretty good car, but interior and exterior are not great. Hopefully GM steps up with the 2020 Bolt.

Very well done. A design for the future for the car of the future. Base price for the 200-mile version is supposed to be about $25k, with this midrange version at $30k and a long-range version with 300+ miles at $35k. All with a couple of trim levels. VW ID should match the range and pricing since it’s the same car with a modified skin, which should save VW Group quite a bit. I expect minor front and rear end tweaks for the ID.

The el-Born and ID should do very well globally as a compact EV. I also think these two cars, even though consumer brand, will offer cross-shopping with the $35k Model 3, as it will target the budget EV buyer. I think it will also target the Prius owners as well with its hatchback design.

I do notice the Model 3 nose in the face of this EV as well.

A 25k€ base price would put it more than 15k€ below what the base Model 3 is expected to sell for in Europe, which is incredible if true. With the 7.5k€ incentive available in my country (which is unlikely to go away if we want to fulfil our emission reduction commitments), that would put it below the cost of a comparable gas car, before fuel savings!

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t.

You have yet the problem of the lack a charging network. This means you can not travel from Madrid to Barcelona, as you can with a Tesla and you need to have 2 cars, raising the costs.
Also it will be sold in 2020, probably in low numbers. This leave Tesla plenty of time to popularize his Model 3
And the last one is probably the car will “feel” 15k cheaper in many areas, including lack of glass ceiling, frequent software updates, lack of Tesla brand etc.

Good points. I think the IONITY network being built out there, like Charge America here should resolve the long distance charging issue by 2020 for the most part.

And yes, there are a few differences between the consumer brand Seat and VW and the premium brand Tesla models, but that justifies the roughly $10k price difference. VW/SEAT is also supposed to offer software updates as well and should work with Ford/Microsoft on the autonomy technology. Tesla has a huge head start, but at the lower price point, I think what VW/Seat will offer should match what price and style conscious consumers are looking for in an EV.

Maybe it’s like buying an Apple product vs any of the other PC products. The Apple product is built ground up in the house for everything to work together, software and hardware, with beautiful design quality, while the various PC products combine hardware and software from various makers limiting design quality and offering more incompatibilities/issues, etc. But many people still buy the cheaper PC, knowing the Apple is better but more expensive.

Ehh. . Apple hardly make anything.
I’ve been to the Foxconn factory twice a few years back – and saw the massive amount of shipping containers from all the companies that made the displays, CPUs, memory chips, batteries and what not. The phone frame was made by Foxconn, and the rest was assembled by Foxconn with parts made by others.
The same factory made PCs for other brands, iPads, Playstation and so on. Quality vice, Apple is just average in their price range – but they offer an ecosystem that they control, which is an advantage as well as a drawback. They need to make huge changes to turn that ship around. Marketshare is falling, and have been for years.
Cook is no Jobs.. not that I was a fan of him either (be made so many stupid announcements and comments) – but he wanted to be more competetive. They (Apple) are both too afraid to invest in real production and core technology development. They’re no Advanced Materials for sure.

Uh, it seems quite possible to get from Madrid to Barcelona on CCS today, particularly with >300km of range…

Simply beautiful. And it’s 20 cms longer than Kia Niro. This one meets all my demands (with the large battery)

Another Euro point of view

Where did you find out the lenght of this car ?

Did you find dimensions published?

The Neo prototype was measured at 4250mm which is shorter than Niro 4375mm, so -125 mm.

However it uses the space more efficiently (lower overhangs).. so maybe it is 20cm larger inside (which would be great)

Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention but I think this is the first time
I remember seeing MEB specs. The 260 mile WLTP seems a little low. I think that is barely 200 miles on the EPA specification and the 7.5 second 0-60 is slower than the new Leaf. I suppose all this is great for 25,000$ (euro? not so much) but I was hoping for a bit more efficiency and performance out of a sporty hatchback.

Based on how VW Group does things, there should be a performance version.

If the price is in €, it should include taxes, which would make it an amazing deal.

The Ioniq, Leaf 40 and Zoe all currently sell for around 35k€ base in Europe, with considerably less range than the base MEB cars.

WLTP to EPA/real world range doesn’t hit hatchbacks as much as SUVs. I’d expect 230 miles range.

Going by BEVs that already have official EPA and WLTP numbers, pretty consistently the EPA range is 10-15% less than WLTP. So 260mi WLTP translates to 220-235mi EPA range for the mid-size battery option (IIUC) which IMO seems pretty reasonable.

Sexy. Could see myself in one.

That’s primarily why people buy SEATs.

They are more fun to drive than a VW or Skoda, and are well build. And a cheaper way to access at VW technology without giving up a lot.

Love it. Hope the production version will be identical to this.

Looks like a model 3 hatchback.

That’s what I noticed as well, since they ‘borrowed’ a slightly modified version of the Model 3 front end. Similar to what I expected to see on the Model Y.

“Looks like a model 3 hatchback.”
Yeah and thats perfect

The overall shape is pretty much identical to what we’ve seen of the ID.3 so far. They might very well be the same car with different stylings.

Of course. It’s the same story with the Volkswagen Golf and the Seat Léon.

Is it a four seater? If so, that is awesome! Very sweet looking car, especially if the comment that mentions a larger battery pack is true, and especially especially if they have a go-faster model.

No, a 5-seater.

Looks like a Prius C. LOL

Aw, don’t ruin the moment. I can’t un-see that now.

Enough talkie, more build-ee.

Excellent, the future for EV’s is looking very healthy indeed.

They are using LG drivetrain and batteries.
I don’t think it just happens that the engine is exactly 150 kw and that the 0-100 times are 7.5 seconds (very similar with Kona and Niro).

Also the batteries have the same chemistry.. knowing VW they will over-promote… so unlike the Kona and Niro that have 64 official/net and 70 brutto, I think in this case we will have 64 brutto, just enough for the magical 400 km wltp. This also explains the 47 min to 80% compared to 42 min fo Kona/Niro (-10% less cells in parallel less pack voltage -10% charge speed across the graph on the CCS).

VW shows rendered images of 2020 cars with technology that other companies put in their cars in 2018 (Hyundai/Kia) and even 2016 (November – Chevy Bolt). I was hoping for more.

No, they are using a VW drivetrain and a VW battery pack, using LG battery cells.

Also the point of these cars isn’t to be the technologically most advanced, but to make them available for the mass market. A Niro starts at over 42k Euro, this car will be 10k Euro cheaper.

How do you know this will be 10k Euro cheaper ? Iam about to order a Niro but with THAT argument im gonna wait. And it looks sexier then the niro for sure

The Seat won’t be released before late 2020, with deliveries probably starting in early 2021. If you want to buy the Niro because you need a car now, go for it.

I hope you are right…

Making their own would allow them to produce cheaper and sell close to those prices.

It is time for auto manufacturers to start being vertically integrated at least in the core technology like battery (ideally cells too) and drivetrain.

Tesla Model B render?

Wow, another concept, another announcement, many virtual specifications, other teasers and finally NO CAR ON SALE. IT’S MARCH, WHERE IS Audi e-Tron? Should had been in sale last September BUT software problems delayed It all

To IndideEVs editors. Could you please stop to deliver article of purely PR concepts of VW group? Let them pay for real commercials money about these PR fake Cars. Not even Audi e-Tron is for sale and delivery now …..!!!!

Tesla front end … rear side pillar from Mazda Cx 3… and golf backside

Then Skoda probably will have a press release soon with a similar car. Like with the VW up/Citigo/Mii.