SEAT will launch four all-new cars in the next few years that will include the brand’s first electric cars.
The SEAT Formentor large SUV is one of the four, while another all-new model will also arrive in the next few years, likely to be a crossover with a shape that will ‘blur categories’ according to SEAT insiders.
Chairman Luca De Meo told Auto Express that he’s already using an electric version of the Mii city car, based on the VW eUp!, for his daily commute from the centre of Barcelona to the company HQ in Martorell on the outskirts of the city. Although De Meo’s car is purely a development car, the ‘eMii’ is likely to be the first of the brand’s electric offerings and we’ve already been given a look at it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year
Also expected is an all-electric version of the next generation Leon, due in 2019 and based on the eGolf and its MQB platform. De Meo also confirmed that the new Ibiza’s MQB A0 platform is EV ready and that, too, could spawn an electric version.
Post 2020, the VW Group’s MEB electric car platform will open up new possibilities for SEAT. “We are part of the biggest R&D spender on the planet,” Luca De Meo told us, “And we will come with EVs on MEB in 2020.”
Although VW’s ID is likely to be the first group car to arrive using the new technology, SEAT will have greater freedom to develop its own cars off the platform.