Seat to develop electric platform

Originally Published: July 2019

Spanish brand will make VW group's small EV platform

Seat have announced that for the first time in their history, they will develop a new vehicle platform in conjunction with the Volkswagen brand. It will be a smaller version of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (VW's MEB electric vehicle platform) with the intention of developing more affordable EVs with an entry price below €20,000.

The first two fully-electric Seats will be a battery powered version of the Seat Mii and the el-Born model that was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month. It was too confirmed that the newest Leon and the Tarraco SUV will also feature plug-in hybrid variants – as will the Cupra Leon and Formentor models.

At the Seat annual presentation it was also revealed that 2018 was the best year in Seat's history. This is in part down to the success of their SUV range and the launch of Cupra as a stand alone brand.

Their CEO Luca de Meo has said that, following their successes and the announcement that they will develop the small EV platform at their headquarters in Martorell – where the Cupra Formentor will also be produced – that "Seat can now look the future straight in the eyes."

The brand's electric offensive will involve bringing the aforementioned electrified models to market by 2021, with the target of bringing electric vehicles that're truly affordable to the four in 'three to four years'.


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