If you were hoping the latest definitely-not-a-Seat product from Cupra was going to be something other than a high-riding SUV, we’re going to have to disappoint you. Following on from the Cupra Ateca and the Formentor concept, the now independent-ish Spanish brand has revealed this - the Tavascan. It’s quite clearly not a fast estate, hot hatchback or stylish coupe. Boo.
It’s nonetheless quite handsome, and pleasingly, the crossover doesn’t look like any current Seat products. Cupra is trying hard to differentiate itself here, and it’s working.
What lies beneath the smooth bodywork is a little more familiar: VW Group’s new MEB all-electric architecture. A 77kWh battery pack powered two motors - one at the front and the other at the rear - providing the equivalent of 302bhp.
A 77kWh stash of battery cells isn’t exactly light, though, so the Tavascan - named after a Spanish ski resort - sprints from 0-62mph in roughly 6.5 seconds. The less powerful Cupra Ateca manages the same in 5.2 seconds, for comparison. According to the WLTP cycle, the Tavascan has a range of 280 miles.
Open one of the Tavascan’s discreetly hidden door handles, and you’ll find a space bathed in “diffused LED ambient light”. The cabin is trimmed in leather, carbonfibre and Alcantara, and features a huge central screen. Paired with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, the 13-inch infotainment display can be tilted to face either the driver or the passenger.
The Cupra Tavascan concept will be revealed publicly at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. Will it be followed up by something that’s not an SUV or crossover? Keep those fingers crossed. A production version of the Cupra Ibiza concept would work nicely…