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 the 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 some 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 the 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.
The Seat electric SUV will ride on 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 in the pipeline. 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.
Production & Price
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.
To price its small EV models affordably, Volkswagen Group plans to localize to the highest possible level. The company is considering establishing a battery cell gigafactory with a strategic partner in Spain. It expects to ramp up the plant’s annual capacity to 40-gigawatt hours by the end of the decade and plans to source electric car components also locally.
VW Group is considering converting Spain into a strategic pillar and hub for its small EV models. The company will likely produce all cars in the “Small BEV Family” in the country, with derivative models wearing the Skoda and Volkswagen badges, making climate-neutral e-mobility available to more buyers in Europe. VW Group says that it aims to convert the Seat production plant in Martorell into an EV-only factory. On July 13, the company announced that the Volkswagen Group and Seat are willing to cooperate with the government of Spain to build the nation into a leading e-mobility hub and that it would apply to participate in the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE).
Don’t be surprised if the Seat Urbano acts as a base for a Cupra electric car with 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 will likely 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).