Cupra Tavascan: spicy new all-electric SUV concept at Frankfurt

Published: 10 September 2019

► Cupra Tavascan revealed
► All-electric, 0-62mph in 6.5sec
► 280-mile WLTP e-range

What is Cupra, and why? Seat – we mean Cupra – hopes to answer both of those questions with this, the new Tavascan concept that's on display the 2019 Frankfurt motor show.

It’s been teased for the last few weeks, and it’s a large SUV-shaped arrow toward the Cupra brand and its future. And because this is a concept from the VW Group, it’s electric and based on the group's omnipresent MEB platform. 

Cupra Tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019 - side view

‘Besides the Cupra Formentor, which will be launched in 2020 alongside two other high-performance plug-in hybrid models, we have already proved our technological capabilities by developing the world’s first 100% electric touring car, the Cupra e-Racer,’ said Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths.

‘With the presentation of the all-electric Cupra Tavascan concept, we are translating this vision into the streets and proving that performance can be electrified.’

Future electric cars

Tavascan?

It may sound like a slightly milder version of Tabasco, but Tavascan is actually a province in Catalonia. It’s just a concept for now, but if these broad, aggressive styling strokes are a look at Cupra’s future, we’re going to be impressed.

Cupra Tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019 - rear view

There are plenty of details to look at on the outside, with Cupra claiming most are designed for extra efficiency. Some of those may make it to production, along with the Cupra’s now signature copper highlights.

One thing that we’re unlikely to see on a production version, however, is the liquid metal paint that the car seems to be dripping in. It looks classy. 

Cupra Tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019 - interior

Inside, the Cupra Tavascan interior features bucket seats, Alcantara upholstery and infotainment galore: a 12.3-inch display serves as the driver’s instrument cluster, and it’s flanked by an even larger 13-inch panel. 

It’s an SUV…

It’s an SUV of course, because it’s a market that’s forecast to grow by 15% a year. Sure, Cupra might be a sports-oriented brand – but that’s growth you can’t ignore. It’s also why we’re seeing more and more four-door crossovers, and SUV coupes that aren’t really coupes at all… 

Cupra Tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019 - doors open

The tech specs

The Tavascan is based on the MEB platform, which means there’s space for an electric motor on each axle. That brings total output to 225kW, or the equivalent of 302bhp in old money. The electric SUV will be powered by a 77kWh battery pack located low down in the usual skateboard-style, with Cupra stating an all-electric range of 280 miles. Expect 0-62mph in around 6.5 seconds.

We'll update this article when we see the new Cupra Tavascan at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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