Seat is promising to launch its first standalone all-electric automotive in 2020, in keeping with the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which can even underpin more than one battery-electric cars from Skoda and VW.
“Seat is taking a step forward in boosting electric mobility,” the corporate mentioned, “and our first electric vehicle will feature a range of 500km”.
A range of 500km (311 miles), the similar determine quoted through Skoda and VW for his or her BEVs, is alleged for the style, which would be the first standalone eletric style from Seat however no longer essentially its first EV. That identify may just move to an electrical Mii (see under phase), which is twinned with the approaching e-Citigo and new e-Up and most likely to arrive when the following Mii era is introduced in 2020.
Whichever style makes it to marketplace first, each will come will come in opposition to the top of a hurry of latest fashions from Seat, beginning past due this 12 months with the Terraco SUV (imagined through Autocar under), a platform dual of the Skoda’s Kodiaq and VW Tiguan, and high-performance Cupra Ateca.
Seat will then temporarily develop its EV range to 3 when an electrical SUV is introduced quickly after, twinned with Skoda’s first purpose-built electrical automotive.
Next sees a new-generation Leon, in each five-door hatchback and ST property bodystyles. The Leon will usher in the following era of Seat’s design language, in accordance to design boss Alejandro Mesonero. He informed Autocar remaining 12 months that the design can be “a bigger step” than the corporate has taken for the reason that relaunch of the logo with the present Leon in 2012. “Sometimes you need to take a bigger step so as not to be obsolete. We’re ready very soon for the next, bolder step in design,” he mentioned.
The Leon might be adopted through the primary Seat crossover vehice. This is ready to turn out to be the flagship of the Seat range and has been referred to up to now through Seat chairman Luca de Meo as on “my want list”. It’s anticipated to prevail the present Alhambra MPV – extra proof of the marketplace’s shift in opposition to SUVs and crossovers – and is described my R&D boss Matthias Rabe as a radically other proposition to the present automotive.
The Leon range will then be prolonged with a hybrid model, additionally in 2020, whilst the present Toledo small hatch is most likely to be axed in the similar 12 months.
Seat may be willing to rigidity that it “will remain committed to internal combustion engines”. But can even proceed to be offering inside combustion engines fuelled through clean-burning CNG.
Going from power to power
Seat chairman Luca de Meo published the brand new style offensive at a press convention to announce Seat’s 2017 monetary effects – headlined through its 2nd 12 months of profitability.
Turnover rose 11% to just about £eight.7b, whilst after-tax benefit greater 23% to £244m.
“We can be happy with the 2017 results,” stressed out de Meo, “but we shouldn’t be satisfied. Now it is time to look to the future with the ambition to grow.”
Total deliveries of latest vehicles in 2017 used to be 468,000 cars, the absolute best since 2001, the payback for £2.eight of funding in the previous 4 years.
Cashflow – the accountant’s favorite measure of an organization’s trade power — additionally grew considerably through 24% to £825m in 2017.
“This is almost three times as much as in 2013 and demonstrates the company’s financial sustainability,” mentioned the corporate.
First standalone Seat EV to launch in 2020 with 311-mile range