Cupra UrbanRebel Concept Previews The Future Of The Electric City Car

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And what a Mystichrome future it's turning out to be.

Across the pond, there are several charming city vehicles that you won't find in North American showrooms. Fashionable hatchbacks from Renault and Peugeot spring to mind, and you can add Cupra to that list as well. Last year, Cupra - the high-performance arm of Seat - unveiled the hot EV hatch known as the el-Born and it instantly won us over with its sleek styling.

Now, the Spanish brand has revealed the UrbanRebel Concept with even more audacious styling. At first, it's hard to know what box to put the UrbanRebel in as Cupra refers to it as both a future urban all-electric car and a racing concept.

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Whatever Cupra calls it, the UrbanRebel Concept previews the design language of an urban electric vehicle that will be launched by the brand in 2025. The road-going car will "mix astonishing design and amazing dynamics" and will make use of the Volkswagen Group's MEB short platform. Other vehicles to use the MEB platform include the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Volkswagen ID.4.

The UrbanRebel Concept has a triangular signature in the headlights and a wraparound window graphic that creates the effect of a helmet. At the back, there is a comically large wing that could only be fitted to a concept. Despite its small size (it measures just 160.6 inches in length), the UrbanRebel Concept has big-time performance.

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It delivers as much as 429 horsepower and will sprint from 0-62 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds. If the road-going version is anywhere near as quick as this, it'll safely win the majority of traffic light races.

"The Cupra UrbanRebel Concept injects a gamification look to the racing car, projecting a radical interpretation of the company's urban electric car," said Cupra design director, Jorge Diez. "The production version of this concept will help the VW Group reach its electrification goals when it launches in 2025."

"The urban electric car will democratize and make accessible electromobility to the masses," said CEO of Cupra, Wayne Griffiths.

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