Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Cupra SUV that opens a new era for the brand

After the Born, the Cupra Tavascan will be the second electric of the Spanish brand, a model that will arrive in 2024 with a style similar to that of the successful Formentor. Furthermore, it is the first model to apply the new design language which will be extended to the rest of the range.

The company has opted for an SUV format with a coupé cut and a sporty character. It’s a 4.64-meter-long vehicle but is slightly lower in height than other Volkswagen Group models with which it shares the MEB platform (1.60 meters), resulting in a rather athletic silhouette.

Its design evolves from that of the first-generation Cupra and, although it represents a step towards maturity for the brand, it is still quite aggressive and sporty.

The design of the new Cupra

The best example is the powerful front, with a sculpted bumper in which three large air intakes are integrated, a huge molding that acts as a grille, and some triangular LED headlights formed, in turn, by three small triangles and are accompanied by an illuminated logo.

In the side view, the wheels, which can be 19, 20, or 21 inches, are a real eye-catcher. Also noteworthy are the sharp underbody protectors, which are glossy black instead of the usual gray plastic, and the raised beltline. This ends in rear lights that replicate the format of the front ones and are connected.

Cupra Tavasca

Moving on to the interiors, Cupra places particular emphasis on the ‘backbone’, a piece that joins the dashboard and console and features a silver finish that is replicated on the doors.

The driving position is structured around a 15-inch screen supported by a small 5.3-inch instrument panel and a Head-Up Display equipped with augmented reality. The seats are sporty and use recycled materials, the Sennheiser audio system has 12 speakers and the backlit ‘touch bar’ is used to adjust the climate control, volume, and voice command.

The engines of the Tavascan

Its range will consist of two variants. The Access, called Endurance, has a configuration with a single engine of 286 HP (210 kW), 545 Nm, and rear-wheel drive. The upper one, which responds to the surname VZ, opts for a dual motor system, with four-wheel drive, a power of 340 HP (250 kW), and a maximum torque of 545 Nm, thanks to which it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 .6 seconds.

Both are equipped with the same battery, with a capacity of 77 kWh, which guarantees them a range of 550 and 520 kilometers respectively. It is compatible with sockets of up to 135 kW of power, with which it reaches 100 kilometers of additional range in seven minutes and recovers from 10 to 80% of its capacity in half an hour.

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