► Seat boss Wayne Griffiths plans new small EV
► ‘Urban Electric Car’ expected to be Ibiza-sized
► Aim is to sell it for around £22,000
Seat has announced plans to build a new, small electric supermini. It’s been dubbed the ‘Urban Electric’ car, and Seat dropped a teaser sketch at its 2021 annual conference showing how it could look.
The new model is planned to be around the same size as the Ibiza or Arona, meaning it would be a rival for the likes of the Honda E, Mini Electric and Peugeot e-208 and even a production version of Renault’s 5 Concept.
This would make it one of the first vehicles to use the VW Group’s MEB ‘Entry’ platform. We already know that the Group is piecing together plans for smaller electric cars, with VW planning an ID.1 city car to replace the Up and a Polo-sized ID.2.
Griffith’s told the press at the 2021 annual conference: ‘We have not announced what brand it will be, but our ambition is to build 500,000 electric cars within the group – the model brand name we will communicate at a later date.’ Griffiths sees Seat as the ‘entry brand’ into VW Group for a younger audience, with Cupra being more of a pioneer. With that view, it seems fair that this could more likely be badged a Seat.
Few other details are known, but Seat and Cupra aim to sell the new supermini EV for between €20,000 and €25,000 (or between £17k and £22k in the UK).
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