A small Seat electric SUV is in the pipeline, a model that would slot below the el-Born and undercut the Hyundai Kona EV and Peugeot e-2008 by a big margin. TopElectricSUV’s rendering, with influences from the official teaser, previews the design of electric car that has the proportions and styling of a small crossover.
On March 21, at its annual press conference this year, the Volkswagen Group-owned Spanish auto brand announced that it will launch a Seat urban electric vehicle in 2025. The company released a sketch, which confirmed its identity as a compact crossover SUV. What would go on to become Seat’s third dedicated EV, the Seat Urbano as a few refer to it, would be an urban car with an upscale design and spacious cabin for its size.
Compared to the Arona (below), the electric SUV has a sporty design, thanks to the visibly short overhangs, the upright nose, the short hood, large wheels, and rakish D-pillar. It should offer better cabin space with smaller dimensions, thanks to the expanded interior length, flat floor, and clever packaging of components in the MEB. Considering its price and target audience, expect a battery capacity of 30-35 kWh with a range of around 250 km (WLTP) between charges.
Note that the Seat electric SUV will be underpinned by not the original MEB platform but a pared-down version in development with the working title ‘MEB-Lite’ and Seat in the driver’s seat. The re-engineered platform will be economical for EVs to be launched in the A- and B-segments. Reports say that a VW ID.2 X based on the same platform is also planned and that its sketches may have been inadvertently leaked by the company earlier this month. A Skoda offshoot following after these models should complete Volkswagen Group’s small electric SUV trinity, as the MEB Lite is now a VW Group topic, piquing the interest of all brands.
The 2025 Seat electric SUV will cost between €20,000 ($23,500) and €25,000 ($29,400). Production will likely go to the Seat Martorell plant in Spain. Just prior to this project, the company plans to launch the Cupra Tavascan in 2024, a sportive and emotional electric SUV, previewed by a dashing concept car in 2019.
The Volkswagen Group-owned Spanish automaker has set a goal of producing more than 500,000 urban electric cars annually in Martorell, and put Spain on “electric wheels,” in which the Urbano plays the anchor role.
We won’t be surprised if the Seat Urbano acts as a base for a Cupra electric car with some performance credentials.
2025 Seat Electric SUV/Seat Urbano FAQs
What is the Seat electric SUV (Seat Urbano) release date?
2025 is the official Seat electric SUV release date, and the car’s to be made at the Martorell plant.
Which models will compete with the Seat electric SUV?
What is the expected Seat electric SUV price?
The Seat electric SUV would cost around €20,000 ($23,500) to €25,000 ($29,400).