Seat confirms first electric model to be shown next week

Seat has confirmed it will launch its first electric vehicle at Geneva motor show next week.

The Spanish brand has released a darkened image previewing the car, which will be built on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform, a modular architecture to be used on Audi, VW, Skoda and Seat electric models.

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Seat boss Luca de Meo described the concept car as a “project of passion” and said it “shows what can be achieved through the synergy of design, technology and pushing the boundaries to meet the demands of future mobility”.

The at-yet-unnamed EV will be twinned with the 2019 Volkswagen ID hatch, thanks to shared VW Group underpinnings. That platform will also be used by Skoda’s first purpose-built electric SUV, which will take inspiration from its Vision E concept.

The image shows a model that is taller than the ID hatch but not as high as a traditional SUV, suggesting it will be a crossover of sorts.

Seat boss Luca de Meo, talking at the reveal of its Minimo urban concept car earlier this week said: “We are the second brand after Volkswagen to use the MEB platform. It shows you our brand positioning and how group management sees the role of Seat.

“Over the past five or six years, we’ve shown that, given the right ingredients, we can cook very well. Just look at [the success of the] Leon.” Design chief Alejandro Mesonero added that the electric concept car was “97% there” in terms of final production design.

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The 2020 model will be Seat’s second EV, following an electric Mii, a twin to the upcoming Skoda e-Citigo and updated Volkswagen e-Up, will arrive later this year. 



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