CUPRA Tavascan electric SUV confirmed for the New Zealand market

The future is here, and it’s electric. We’re thrilled to confirm that CUPRA’s second electric vehicle – the Tavascan electric SUV coupé – has been confirmed for the New Zealand market. Following the CUPRA Born (which is due to arrive in the latter half of 2023), the CUPRA Tavascan is landing on New Zealand shores in 2024.

You can never be too prepared, so allow us to take you through everything you need to know about CUPRA’s future flagship SUV. Wanting to stay up to date on the CUPRA Tavascan’s arrival? Sign up for our dedicated CUPRA newsletter.

The hero of a new era

The CUPRA Tavascan is the first hero of a new electric era for the CUPRA brand, bringing to the market a disruptive and unique vision for an all-electric future. This dynamic model challenges the traditional conventions of an EV, promising to deliver for a new generation of car lovers. Similar in size to the current CUPRA Formentor, the Tavascan is an AWD medium performance-focussed SUV that sits above the smaller Born EV.

  • CUPRA Tavascan interior dashboard, infotainment system, and steering wheel

Take a step inside the CUPRA Tavascan

Inside you’ll find mixed material and technological concepts that create the perfect balance between driver orientation and passenger comfort. A key aspect of this unconventional design is the central spine of the Tavascan, a structural centrepiece that supports the interior cabin and helps define the character of all the floating elements.

Further reinforcing the sportiness of the Tavascan are the bucket seats, made with up to 90% recycled polyester.

The dashboard of the Tavascan is where digital and tactile design meet, with the ultimate symbiosis of the latest technology and groundbreaking style. A 15″ infotainment screen (the largest thus far in the CUPRA range) sits as a focus of the Tavascans’s digital approach, geared towards the driver.

Throughout the cabin are LED lighting panels, which add ambient light that emphasises the floating elements of the interior, including the dashboard and 15″ centre console.

CUPRA Tavascan power and electric range

Finally, the top end of CUPRA’s first all-electric SUV range flaunts a dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain that produces 250 kW and 545 Nm of torque, an all-electric driving range of 549 km WLTP*, and can accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. Single-motor variants will also be available.

A driver-orientated SUV, the CUPRA Tavascan is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, boasting DCC Sport dynamic chassis technology, sport suspension, and progressive steering. These sporty attributes, plus performance tyres mounted on 21″ forged alloy wheels deliver a truly unique CUPRA experience.

Driver assistance technology hasn’t gone amiss, with the Tavascan featuring traffic sign recognition, lane assist, exit warning, adaptive cruise control, fatigue detection, and more.

  • CUPRA Tavascan top view

Arriving 2024

The CUPRA Tavascan will be produced at the Volkswagen Group’s state-of-the-art innovation hub for e-mobility, with plans for it to launch in the New Zealand market in 2024.

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