New Cupra Born electric car revealed: price, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons
May 25, 2021

Cupra has revealed its first all-electric production car, the Born, which has up to 335 miles of range and up to 231hp. Read on for full details.

  • Cupra Born electric car revealed
  • First all-electric Cupra
  • Retains concept’s styling
  • Recycled interior materials
  • 12-inch display as standard
  • Three battery options
  • As much as 355 miles of range
  • Up to 231hp
  • Production starts September

This is the freshly-revealed Cupra Born — the first all-electric car from SEAT’s spin-off performance brand. It’s set to go into production from September and looks very similar to the el-Born concept showcased last year.

New Cupra Born design

The Cupra Born doesn’t really differ from the el-Born concept

If you’ve seen the Cupra el-Born concept, looking at the road-going car is a bit like experiencing deja vu. Cupra has barely changed anything at all for the production version – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it…

You can have those wheels from 18- to 20-inches

The Cupra Born has quite an aggressive front-end design with plenty of real air intakes and some sharp-looking LED headlights. There’s some copper detailing on the lower grille too, and you’ll spot more of the same on the alloy wheels. Speaking of which, the Cupra Born comes with 18-inch wheels as standard, but top-spec cars get 20-inch alloys.

All Borns come with a wide lightbar at the back – just like the bigger Cupra Formentor – and there’s a body-coloured diffuser in the bumper. Although, how much diffusing is that going to do, really…?

New Cupra Born interior and infotainment

A 12-inch infotainment system comes as standard on the Cupra Born

The Cupra Born’s interior is laid out pretty similarly to the Volkswagen ID3. This shouldn’t come as a surprise – both cars start life as the same set of electrical components.

Check out Mat’s VW ID3 review

If you liked the copper-coloured wheels, you’re in luck – there’s plenty more copper-effect trim inside. You can also choose between Dinamica (Cupra’s posh word for faux-suede) bucket seats or standard-fit Seaqual yarn, which is made from recycled plastic bottles fished out of the sea.

Stick with standard-fit Seaqual Yarn, and the seats are made from recycled plastic recovered from the ocean

You get a 12-inch infotainment display as standard in the Cupra Born, which controls almost all of the car’s features. There’s also a digital display in place of dials and gauges and you can spec an augmented reality head-up display that displays info on the windscreen so it’s directly in your line of sight.

New Cupra Born range and performance

Battery sized top out at 77kWh for the Born

You can choose from three different-sized batteries in the Cupra Born: 45kWh, 58kWh or 77kWh.

The range for the 45kWh version tops out at 211 miles. Versions with a 58kWh battery come with 260 miles of range but 77kWh cars can manage 355 miles (according to Cupra, at least.)

The Cupra Born can reach 355 miles between charges in its larges battery size

All versions support up to 125kW fast-charging, which can give the Cupra Born up to 62 miles of extra range in seven minutes.

Check out the Cupra Born here

No matter your battery choice, the Cupra Born uses a single motor. Entry-level cars have to make do with 150hp but top-spec versions get 231hp to play with. The quickest of the lot is the 231hp car with a 58kWh battery. These can sprint from 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds.

New Cupra Born price and release date

The Cupra Born will enter production in September

Cupra will start building left-hand-drive Borns in September 2021, but right-hand-drive cars for the UK won’t appear until later. You’ll have to wait until late 2021 or early 2022 to get your hands on one here.

Cupra hasn’t given any word yet on pricing, but the Born will probably cost slightly more than the Volkswagen ID3 across the range. Entry-level cars should cost from around £32,000.

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