Cupra Urbanrebel at the IAA: E-small car study

At the IAA in Munich, Cupra boss Wayne Griffith presents the Urbanrebel in the new showroom on Odeonsplatz. The show car looks like a touring racing car, but gives a glimpse of the small electric car based on the Small-MEB coming from Cupra in 2025.

The concept car crouches low on the road and surprises with the interior of a race car with a roll cage, removable steering wheel, huge bucket seats and six-point seat belts. Electric all-wheel drive is said to provide 435 hp peak power (340 hp continuous power) and an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h of just 3.2 seconds. However, the electrical study is not just a figment of the imagination of the designers without any reference to reality. Because the model not only shows the future design language of the brand, but it will also be on the market from 2025 - in a civilian version.

, Cupra Urbanrebel with mega spoiler

The eye-catcher of the radical Cupra is the oversized rear spoiler, which rises far. Two long LED strips partially trace the shape of the wing and flank the illuminated Cupra logo. A huge diffuser spreads out underneath. The wheel arches are massively flared, the front hood is contoured and the headlights are slit-like. The grille with the central Cupra signet appears closed – as is usual with an electric car. The two-door car features forward-reaching C-pillars, an ascending row of windows and door openers integrated into the body. Mighty sills adorn the side view as well as air intakes in front of the rear fenders. The shimmering, iridescent paint finish is particularly striking. As with the Tavascan Concept, there is a panoramic window that allows the roof to float. Cupra is already making one thing clear: "Elements of the motorsport concept vehicle will be incorporated into the street version of the electric city car".,

According to Cupra, the contoured hood, the headlight graphics and the retracted front mask should find their way into the series. The Spaniards also want to adopt the window line, which is reminiscent of the visor of a full-face helmet, and the roof line for their small electric car. Even the dimensions are said to be quite realistic. The Cupra Urbanrebel is 4,080 mm long and 1,795 mm wide, and 1,444 mm high. But the production car will certainly not be a two-door, but a four-door

Urbanrebel is the original meter for the ID.2

Under the now expressive bodywork, the modular electric construction kit (MEB Small) modified for small cars will later be hidden Volkswagen with front-wheel drive, as also shown by VW with the ID.Life at the IAA. The new modified MEB entry will later carry the small cars ID.1 and ID.2 as well as derivatives from Seat and Skoda. The models roll off the assembly line at the Spanish Seat plant in Martorell, which is currently being converted into an electromobility site.


With the Urbanrebel study, Cupra is not only allowed to give a design outlook for the brand. At the IAA, the concept car reveals for the first time what one of the electric city cars from the VW Group will look like – including all the study chichi. From the sporty line now shown, the new small electric Cupra should save as much as possible in the series.


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