4 August of 2022
New Spanish brand Cupra will soon release an electric car that is more fun to drive than any of today’s petrol cars, says the global head Wayne Griffiths.
Visiting Australia to launch the brand’s ambitious plans here, Griffiths says a small and extravagantly styled hatch on sale from 2025 will change people’s ideas about what an EV can be.
In the meantime, Cupra is offering three petrol models, the Leon hatch, Ateca SUV, and Formentor “crossover”. All have a sporty bent, and two of the three offer a plug-in hybrid, or PHEV, variant.
Prices range from $43,990 (plus on-road costs) for the Leon V through to nearly $70,000 for the Launch Edition of the Formentor VZx.
The Cupra Born, a fully electric hot hatch, will arrive early next year. It will be our first example of the Volkswagen Group’s bespoke EV platform, known as MEB (Cupra is a spin-off of VW’s Spanish arm, Seat, which is now also run by Griffiths). The Born promises not just sporty performance but a leading combination of price and range: about $60,000, and nearly 550 kilometres between charges.