A preview of a preview – that’s one way to describe this teaser image published by SEAT’s standalone sporty brand Cupra. The shadowy photo belongs to a concept scheduled to premiere in September at the IAA Munich in Germany. The showcar’s role is to signal a fully electric small EV due to hit the market in 2025 when it’s expected to spawn equivalent Volkswagen, Audi, and Skoda versions.
Billed as being the brand’s “most radical interpretation of an urban electric performance car,” the concept has a massive rear wing we’re unlikely going to see on the production-ready model. It appears to take the shape of a two-door hatchback, but an educated guess tells us the road-going model will have a more practical four-door body style.
Since the production car is still four years away, details about the pint-sized EV are scarce at the moment. However, an educated guess tells us the road car will essentially be a performance-oriented version of an entry-level electric car SEAT has already teased for a 2025 launch. Both will ride on a shortened version of the MEB platform, which in its standard configuration has underpinned the bigger Cupra Born electric hatchback.
Tentatively called the MEB Lite architecture, the underpinnings will enable the VW Group to launch cheaper EVs. SEAT has been tasked to develop the project for the German automotive conglomerate and will build more than 500,000 units at home in Martorell, Spain. The new models will serve as indirect replacements of the SEAT Mii Electric, VW e-up!, and the Skoda Citigo-e iV.
As far as how these cars are going to be called, we’re hearing the SEAT will bear the “Acandra” name while the equivalent Skoda will be called “Elroq.” Presumably, the VW will be either ID.1 or ID.2, and the correspondent Cupra will go by a completely different moniker.