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Cupra previews new Tavascan EV Concept

Discussion in 'CUPRA Brand General Discussion' started by kanyewest, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. kanyewest

    kanyewest Active Member

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    Cupra Tavascan | Frankfurt 2019

    Well, at least there's no danger of this looking like a rebadged SEAT...


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    Cupra's ambition as a "unique and special car brand" is nothing if not bold: following on from the Ateca SUV and the 600hp Cupra e-Racer, it will launch three models next year, all electrified. One of those will be the Formentor PHEV seen earlier in 2019, one an as-yet-unannounced hybrid and the third will be this, the all-electric Tavascan - just revealed at Frankfurt.

    Named after a village in the Pyrenees, the Tavascan taps into that coupe SUV niche that seemingly knows no bounds in terms of success right now. Indeed Cupra believes that the all-electric coupe SUV sector - yes, that really is a thing - will grow by 15 per cent a year in the 2020s. So best get used to them.

    The Tavascan is built on VW's MEB electric architecture, using a 77kWh battery pack to supply a pair of electric motors - one for each axle. Peak output is a claimed 306hp, sufficient for 0-62mph in less than 6.5 seconds. Perhaps more relevantly, Cupra is claiming a range of 450km, or 280 miles, on the WLTP test.

    A "truly dynamic drive" is promised for the Tavascan because the battery pack is in the floor, as well as "a level of sophistication and emotion not yet seen in the market." Though not confirmed, we'd have to assume that's electric torque vectoring on both axles.

    For now, Cupra is far keen to talk about the dramatic exterior of the Tavascan. While it would be a surprise to see the 22-inch wheels make production, the rest of the car doesn't look all that far from showroom-ready. The sloping rear end is familiar from many other SUVs of its ilk, though the Tavascan is in no danger of being mistaken for anything else. Its makers state that the car brings "muscularity and dynamism to the segment", drawing attention to the cooling vents at the front, a full-width rear light bar (because it wouldn't be 2019 without one) and the diffuser.

    Note too the interior's relatively subdued look (for a concept, at least), further hinting at how close the Tavascan is to production - dominated by a large central screen, Cupra says the cabin is a "space that mixes material and technological concepts with openness and focus to create a cabin that provides the perfect balance between driver orientation and passenger comfort." Right.

    Following the Tavascan's world debut, sale are due to begin in 2020. And be prepared, it would seem, for many more electric SUV coupes to follow...




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  2. kanyewest

    kanyewest Active Member

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    firstly, wtf.

    and i thought cupra logos were going to be copper now? why a white sticker? :brucelee:
     
  3. Legojon

    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    Plastic backed front seats are back in :D
     
  4. Damo H

    Damo H Because I was inverted...

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    Looked better in the press photos. The bits I did like I'm not sure on now under that lighting.
     
  5. Jimbobcook

    Jimbobcook MK2 Cupra R Stock+
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    I wondering how muhh a front bumper repair would be haha
     
  6. Par

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    Was a lot lower and sleeker looking in the Autocar pictures!

    I am sure I read the Cupra logo at the front glows at night so that would explain why it is white and not copper.
     
  7. theoldboy

    theoldboy Modified is best

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    @Jimbobcook just noticed those seats look very similar to your nice MK2 Ones, just with carbon wrap on :)

    Don't like the copper on the wheels.
     
  8. Jimbobcook

    Jimbobcook MK2 Cupra R Stock+
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    Nothing beats mk2 Cupra R seats for looks lol
     
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  9. Nathan penney

    Nathan penney Nathan P

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    And the number plate goes where?lol
     
  10. bgb

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    Its interesting, from the show the chief executive Luca De Meo talks about the possible future of CUPRA as a brand and how basically they cannot step on the groups toes and are slightly suppressed by the larger brothers in terms of producing fiery hot hatches etc. This more implies towards the Ibiza Cupra but leaves the Leon Cupra as we know it open to possible hybrid powertrains.

    He does end saying they arn't that focused as SEAT/CUPRA on electrifying everything currently, but is in works..

    https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/frankfurt-motor-show-2019-demise-154100251.html
     
  11. Damo H

    Damo H Because I was inverted...

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    Got to agree, they do look awesome!!
     
  12. theoldboy

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    I was talking to my local VAG Garage couple months ago and they also think that VW Are looking at the Polo (which is getting bigger by the release) and wondering if they will keep it in production.
     
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  13. bgb

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    It does seem odd that a car one seen as 'small' is currently not far off the golf. I have seen somewhere that internal rear space from knees to driver seat in a 4 door polo is only 2 inches more.. (not about the length bla bla bla)

    A friend of mine who also worked in different VAG outfits said same as you. And I do believe Audi have dropped the S1 from their line up? This echos the SEAT CEO talking about need for these hot small cars. But then we have Fiesta ST's selling like hot cakes?

    I guess more so now then ever consumer drive and environmentalists are shaping the car industry quite harshly, just look at the SUV explosion over the last few years and how common a hybrid/elec car is!
     

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