• CUPRA has revealed the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the CUPRA Born.

    Based on Based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, the CUPRA Born is delivered net CO2 neutral and features a sporty exterior design, with four battery variants.

    The fastest accelerating model achieves 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, with the longest-range model achieving 335 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. There’s a choice of 150PS (110kW) 45kWh battery with a range of 211 miles, a 204PS (150kW) 58kWh battery and an up to 231PS (170kW) 58kWh battery with ‘e-Boost’, both with a 260 mile range, as well as an up to 231PS (170kW) 77kWh battery with ‘e-Boost’ with a 335 mile range. (All ranges are based on official WLTP test cycle).

    Fast recharging (125kW) is also possible, with 62 miles of additional range delivered in as little as seven minutes (77kWh battery only).

    CUPRA say the Born is more than just a new product, it’s also about challenging traditional sales approaches and ownership models. In line with the demands of a new generation of drivers and to ensure a more efficient and sustainable sales model for the brand, a new distribution strategy will be launched which focuses on customer experience. As well as traditional sales, the CUPRA Born will be offered under subscription contracts, with a monthly fee that will include the use of the vehicle and other related services.

    UK pricing for CUPRA Born will be announced at the end of 2021, with deliveries starting at the beginning of 2022.

 

  • Renault has confirmed pricing and specifications for their first hybrid SUV with coupe styling, the All-New Renault Arkana.

    Available in Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line trim levels, the All-New Arkana features an extensive list of standard equipment including EASY LINK touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, diamond-cut alloy wheels and full LED lighting technology.

    Based on the CMF-B modular platform shared with the latest Clio and Captur, the All-New Arkana is available with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) ensuring the safest and most reassuring drive.

    A choice of two electrified powertrains are available for the Arkana, the E-Tech hybrid and a TCe petrol ‘micro-hybrid’.

    The E-Tech Hybrid 145 powertrain combines 1.6-litre petrol engine, 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors. The combination of petrol and electric power delivers 145hp, plus 148Nm of torque from the petrol engine and 250Nm from the electric motors.

    The TCe 140 petrol engine utilises a ‘micro-hybrid’ technology. Offering 140hp and 260Nm of torque, this 1.3-litre engine propels the Arkana from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds.

    The ‘micro-hybrid’ technology works with a 12-volt starter generator that ensures faster and more refined operation of the Stop & Start function when coming to a standstill, while also reducing emissions at the same time. The TCe 140 engine is available exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission delivering smooth and refined gearchanges.

    The All-New Renault Arkana is available from £25,300 and is available to pre-order online now.