Cupra Tavascan: spicy new all-electric SUV confirmed for 2024 release

Published: 22 March 2021

► Cupra Tavascan on sale in 2024
► Concept has 280-mile range
Production version will be second Cupra EV

Seat and Cupra boss Wayne Griffiths has confirmed that the Tavascan concept – first seen at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show – will become production reality in 2024. It will be Cupra's second fully-electric vehicle after the Cupra Born, which is based on the VW ID.3.

It’s an SUV, of course, because that’s a market forecast to grow by 15% a year. Cupra might be a sports-orientated 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…

Future electric cars

The Tavascan...?

cupra tavascan rear

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.

‘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 at the Frankfurt show back in 2019.

‘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.’

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 Cupra’s now signature copper highlights. 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 joined by an even larger 13-inch panel. Expect the production version to be a lot more toned down.

cupra tavascan interior concept

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 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 claiming an all-electric range of 280 miles. Expect 0-62mph in around 6.5 seconds.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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