No word on the price yet but Cupra’s all- electric, hot hatch Born could turn some heads.

Built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform, the rear-wheel drive Born is expected to
arrive by April next year.

VW believes Cupra’s intersection of design, performance and technology perfectly aligns
with the interests of Australian buyers.

Born shares a platform with Volkswagen’s ID.3 and the Audi Q4 e-tron.

With 170kW of power and 310Nm of torque, Born boasts a 0-100km/h time of 7.0 seconds.
What’s more, with an 82kWh battery, 77kWh of which is useable, it will have a range of
511km (WLTP).

Engineers have focused on matching steering, ride, handling and electronic stability
control (ESC) tune to the instantaneous electric thrust unique to BEVs with a view to driver

Progressive steering, sports suspension and 19-inch alloys are standard.

Dynamic chassis control, 20-inch wheels and wider Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres will form
part of a Performance Package option – one of two packs available.

A high level of technology includes LED headlights with Light Assist (Auto High Beam), a
12.0-inch infotainment display and 5.3-inch driver display, DAB+ digital radio, 4 USB-C
ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless phone charging.

This is bolstered by active safety technology including adaptive cruise control, 360-degree
camera, lane assist, front assist, park assist, side assist with rear traffic alert and more.

Further luxury can be obtained including heated and power adjustable front seats, Beats
premium sound and more, via the second, Interior Package.

Cupra’s Ben Wilks said the Born will cement the allure of the Barcelona brand in the local
market. “The Born is a BEV with a long 500km-plus range, exclusive rear-wheel drive hot
hatch dynamics, plus the interior space and versatility of a larger vehicle,” he said.

“Its specifications are ideal for progressive Australian customers who will also be drawn to
pricing similar to our other great hot hatch, the Leon VZx.”

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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