The Spanish automaker has apparently officially acknowledged its intention to bring its first fully electric vehicle to consumers in 2019, but refrained from saying if we’re dealing with a new model or a version derived from a conventional product.
So, for now, according to Enrique Pastor – Seat’s product strategy chief – chances are the automaker would use the Volkswagen-derived electric powertrain for an all-new product or simply rework an existing model. For the latter case there are some interesting variants – such as the recently facelifted Leon or the new Ateca sport utility vehicle. There’s even a rumor that links the electric capabilities to the yet to be revealed Marbella compact crossover.
The smallish model will go against B segment crossovers and share the same platform as the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii – but with such a small size we could be looking at a very small battery capacity. So the report claims we’re dealing with just 124 miles (200 kilometers) of range and the drivers won’t even own the vehicle, instead paying monthly for a period of time. Until regulations in Europe became increasingly tougher the Spanish automaker refrained from playing with hybrid and electrification, because of the significant cost issues versus a traditional internal combustion engine development program.