Cupra Leon eHybrid launched

Cupra has revealed that its version of the Leon will be available as a plug-in hybrid. The eHybrid performance model will feature a range of 37 miles on electric power alone, and produce up to 245 hp.

This comes from a 150 hp 1.4 TSI petrol engine and 85 kW electric motor, though conventional petrol engines are available without electric support.

Performance times are as low as 4.8 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint and a top speed of 155 mph. At the other end of the Cupra Leon's spectrum, the 37 mile electric range is possible because of a 13 kWh battery.

Charging is carried out via a Type 2 inlet at up to 3.6 kW, and CO2 emissions are under 50 g/km (WLTP) - the key benchmark for company car tax bands.

Cupra Leon E-TCR

The announcement of the Cupra Leon - available as either estate or hatchback - comes at the same time as Seat's performance brand took to the track with its Cupra E-Racer.

The pure-electric racing car features a 65 kWh battery and 500 kW thanks to four electric motors. The track-only model will compete in the E-TCR electric touring car series, which starts next year.

With developments in racing proven to filter down to road cars, the experience gained by Cupra in E-TCR will likely influence future EV development.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:21st Feb 2020

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