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The Volkswagen Group have unveiled the CUPRA Tavascan Electric Concept at this year’s IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The production version will be CUPRA’s second all-electric car to join its lineup in 2024 after the CUPRA Born.

Unlike the CUPRA Born, which is an all-electric hatchback, the Tavascan is a larger coupe-SUV, similar in size to the  VW ID.5.

In terms of performance, The Tavascan Concept has two motors that produce 302 horsepower (225 kW/306 PS). In addition, it has a claimed 0-62 mph (100 km/h) speed of 6.5 seconds. 

The Tavascan also receives a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which, according to the WLTP test, allows the car to travel up to 280 miles (450 km) on a single charge.

Keen to express the company’s commitment to getting the Tavascan in showrooms, CUPRA CEO Wayne Griffiths said: "Our dream will come true: the CUPRA Tavascan will be a reality. 

“Based on the MEB platform of the Volkswagen Group, it will be designed and developed in Barcelona and will reach Europe and overseas markets in 2024."

Its exterior uses tone-on-tone carbon fibre and copper embellishments. The CUPRA emblem, which is lighted and sits low between air vents, is designed to highlight the concept car's electric characteristics while also facilitating airflow and cooling the battery pack. To minimise air resistance, the Tavascan also has 22" ‘turbine’ alloy wheels. 

With no emissions when in use, the rear diffuser concentrates on delivering useful aerodynamics and exuding an air of increased performance. The car has a slim, coast-to-coast rear light that covers the entire width of the vehicle.

The carbon-fibre structure of the CUPRA Tavascan is intended to produce a lightweight cabin, mirroring the sculpted forms and aerodynamism of its exterior.

In its interior, the Tavascan has contrasting colours spread by ambient LED lights. It also includes 3D leather relief bucket seats with smartphone connectivity and built-in speakers. A 12.3" digital cockpit is located in the wing dashboard and gives the driver all the information they require. A 13" infotainment display can be moved towards the passenger for improved viewing.

Production of the Tavascan is set to commence in 2024 and is expected to cost more than the Born due to its larger size.

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Manija Noori 30/09/22