CUPRA is a brand that isn’t hanging around and, after some concept images, has finally revealed its production-ready Tavascan. But it isn’t stopping there and has, alongside that road-ready model, let loose the Dark Rebel concept.
There’s stacks to talk about when it comes to both cars, so we’re going to have an in-depth look at what these brand-new CUPRAs bring to the table.
An electric powertrain
As you might expect from a modern CUPRA, the Tavascan features an electric powertrain. In fact, both rear- and four-wheel-drive setups will be available, with a range-topping ‘VZ’ model bringing an impressive 335bhp resulting in a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds.
Regardless of which version you opt for the Tavascan will be equipped with a 77kWh battery. That means up to 341 miles of range, while a 135kW charging speed means a 10 to 80 per cent charge can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.
A clever platform
As with other electric cars in the Volkswagen Group, the Tavascan sits atop the MEB platform. It’s the same one we’ve seen used on cars like the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.3 and the Skoda Enyaq.
But, thanks to that powerful new ‘VZ’ version, the Tavascan will be the most powerful MEB product to date - so it’s definitely a good option for go-faster drivers.
Signature CUPRA styling touches
We’ve come to expect quirky styling from CUPRA and the Tavascan doesn’t disappoint. It’s got some really bold touches, such as a three-triangle signature and patterned grille, as well as eye-catching LED rear lighting and a coupe-influenced roofline.
Plus, CUPRA says that the look of the Tavascan will influence future models from the firm so it gives us a good idea of what new models could look like.
Plenty of technology
The Tavascan has been kitted out with plenty of the latest technology. Inside, there’s a huge 15-inch touchscreen, which is the largest that has ever been used on a CUPRA so far.
It uses a newly-created infotainment system, too, which CUPRA says is easier and more intuitive to use than before. Plus, you still get smart-looking digital dials that you’ll be able to configure to show a variety of different information.
Built in China
Though CUPRA remains a Spanish brand, the Tavascan won’t be built in the firm’s home country. Instead, it’ll be created at the Volkswagen Group factory in Anhui, China, ahead of its full launch in 2024.
We’re expecting to hear full specifications and UK pricing closer to that date - so stick around to find out.
CUPRA Dark Rebel
A sports car setup
Whereas we’ve previously seen CUPRA adopt hatchback and SUV body styles, the Dark Rebel changes things up as it arrives as a true sports car. However, in typical CUPRA fashion things aren’t done by the book, which is why it’s got the look of a sportier model but with the practicality of a shooting brake.
For now, it’s just a two-seater as well, so it may not be a great model for flourishing families.
It’s digital-only - for now
Though these images might look realistic, the Dark Rebel is, for now, just a computer design. However, as CUPRA is pushing to introduce sportier models to its line-up, there’s some definite appetite to get it into the real world.
In fact, with over 300,000 CUPRA models sold since the firm split from Seat in 2018, the firm is looking to push the boundaries with what it brings to market.
Clever new design touches
This may be just a concept for now, but the Dark Rebel has plenty of customary ‘CUPRA’ design touches. These include its three-light signature at the front of the car along with a clever new ‘spine’ which connects the front and rear of the car.
The contrast-colour wheels are hard to miss, too, and this colour is mirrored at the rear with a cool-looking diffuser section.
CUPRA’s boss calls it ‘a dream’
CUPRA’s CEO Wayne Griffiths has called the Dark Rebel ‘a dream’.
“We make dreams come true, so you best be ready.”
He added: “After five years of building the brand CUPRA in a nowadays world, it is time to think about the next step. The CUPRA Dark Rebel is the ultimate interpretation of our vision.”