New brand and Cupra’s first electric car – the Born – is now available to order at UK dealers with prices from £33,735. Originally designed to wear the Seat badge (and to be called the El-Born), the Born is now described as a “performance hatchback” with a choice of four different power outputs and three trim levels.
But at launch, the only battery-and-motor combination on show will be the mid-range system, while more powerful models and the new entry-level version will arrive next year. For the time being, customers are stuck with the 58 kWh battery and 201 bhp electric motor, offering a 263-mile official range between trips to the charger.
The £33,735 starting price also pays for the basic V1 trim level, which comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a 12-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation and a digital cockpit display, as well as a rear-view camera, keyless entry and bucket seats in Seaqual recycled yarn. Front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel and automatic lights and windscreen wipers are also included in the specification.
That base version is expected to continue with V1 specification, but it will come with a smaller 45 kWh battery and a 148bhp electric motor. The more powerful versions will use a 228 bhp motor and offer a choice of 58 or 77 kWh battery packs.