After the CES event in Las Vegas became a major attire for the automotive players, here’s Europe taking center stage now with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
We saw the introduction of the world’s first ever robotic race car for the autonomous Roborace and Seat – considering it’s a local producer – also decided to use the venue for the unveiling of its latest model. We’re dealing with a new version of its smallest Mii city car, getting a facelift and also a completely new powertrain option. As per the name e-Mii, in lieu of the 1.0-liter 59-horsepower (43-kilowatt) engine, under the hood sits a new electric powertrain with a range of 100 miles (160 kilometers). The e-Mii was presented at MWC as a rebadged VW e-Up!, getting an 81-horsepower (60-kilowatt) electric motor with 154 pound-feet (210 Newton-meters) of torque and an 18.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
The range is only an estimate and the sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) won’t impress anyone at 11.3 seconds. The e-Mii can be recharged just like any mobile device at home using a standard household socket – but use the more powerful CCS 40-kW system and the 80 percent charge will only take half an hour. There’s a catch though, Seat hasn’t announced a timeframe for the production start of the e-Mii. “SEAT’s goal is to make progress and become a leader in technologies which enable us to offer an experience that is easy, connected and customized,” commented CEO Luca De Meo at MWC.