Cupra has confirmed its first battery electric vehicle, the highly anticipated Born rear-wheel drive hot hatch, will boast a 511km range for Australia – with class leading pricing to be announced soon.
The best of everything, along with ‘e-Boost’ performance will be standard when the Born arrives in March/April 2023, offering 170kW of power and 310Nm of torque for a 0-100km/h sprint in 7.0 seconds.
Teamed with rear-drive, the Born will be unique in the market as a dedicated ‘hot hatch’ with instant responses from the throttle and steering. Ride, handling and electronic stability control have all been matched to the instantaneous electric thrust unique to BEVs.
Progressive steering, sports suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard. Dynamic chassis control, 20-inch alloy 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 headlamps with auto high beam (aka light assist), a 12-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.
Built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform, the Born features space equivalent to the larger Leon hatch. This includes a 385-litre boot.
“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,” Cupra Australia director Ben Wilks 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.”
The CUPRA Born will arrive in Australia in March/April 2023 with further details to come, including pricing. It will be available in Glacial White, Geyser Silver, Quasar Grey, Rayleigh Red, Vapor Grey.
The Performance package reduces the range to 475km, but adds the option of Aurora Blue paint. For more information, contact your local Cupra Garage. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.