It’s an exciting time for the Spanish brand, that’s for sure.
Another new model that has been revealed is the Raval and, though details are scarce, we’ve got some of the key things you need to know about this brand-new Cupra.
It’s due to arrive in 2025
That’s right. Even though Cupra has only just announced the Raval, it has already committed to producing it in 2025. It’ll be built at the firm’s Martorell factory, which is where the bulk of Seat and Cupra models are already made.
Cupra has already committed three billion euros towards the conversion of its plants which produce combustion-engined cars into those that can produce full EVs and the Raval will be an end result of this.
It’s going to be fully electric
The Raval is being billed as an ‘urban electric car’ with its compact size and battery-powered setup making it an ideal option for those who are frequently driving in cities or other congested areas.
It’s essentially a compact yet upright electric SUV, following on from cars like the Born and Tavascan. Underneath, it’ll be based on a tweaked version of Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform which is used in a number of the group’s cars currently.
It’s going to arrive alongside versions from Volkswagen and Skoda
Remember the trio of city cars that was the Volkswagen Up!, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii? Well, the Raval is going to be part of a three-car team that’ll revive that original partnership.
Expect to see similarly-sized cars coming from both Skoda and Volkswagen, all sitting atop the same platform as the Raval. However, it’s likely that Cupra will take a sportier, more upmarket approach with its car.
It has some similar design features to the Born
Cupra has now established quite a clear design language in its cars, with the Born being a great example of all of the key styling fundamentals that Cupra includes in its cars. Many of these will be carried over to the Raval, too.
For example, there’s a wraparound rear light ‘bar’ at the rear of the car, along with the compact spoiler which adds a sense of sportiness to both cars.
It’ll deliver up to 273 miles of range
Cupra has been relatively coy about the finer details of the Raval but, in its reveal of the UrbanRebel - which hinted at the Raval - the Spanish firm said that its electric motor setup will produce up to 223bhp and enable a 0-60mph time 6.8 seconds.
Most importantly for an electric vehicle, the Raval will be able to return up to 273 miles from a charge. Cupra hasn’t stated yet whether or not a more efficient version - which prioritises range over outright power - will join the Raval range at a later date.