Cupra Born Facelift Spied With Visual Updates, Hot Hatch Version a Possibility

The Cupra Born had a far better cockpit than the Volkswagen ID.3, which was criticized at launch for featuring some poor-quality plastics inside. Since then, the German company addressed this issue, and their electric compact hatchback is in for additional updates next year.
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That's when we should see the introduction of a 12.9-inch infotainment system and a punchy powertrain making use of dual motors. So, it is only natural that Cupra wants to take advantage of them with their Born, which is the Spanish cousin of the VW ID.3.

The Cupra Born has yet to blow two candles off its birthday cake, as that will happen in two months, but it's already in for a mid-cycle refresh. Prototypes of the all-quiet hatch were spotted as early as 2022, and it's clear what we should expect: revised exterior styling, some cabin tweaks, and maybe updated powertrains, perhaps joined by a new assembly that would turn it into a hot hatch in the range-topping trim level.

Visually, the 2024 Cupra Born will look more like other models within the SEAT-owned brand, like the Formentor, Tavascan, and Terramar. It will feature taller side intakes in the new bumper and probably a wider central air intake. It's impossible to make out the shape of the headlights, but we can see that they have new graphics. Expect a new rear bumper and different taillights once the facelifted hatch premieres, likely early next year, with deliveries kicking off shortly after.

Since the Born already has a good quality interior, we wouldn't expect any major upgrades in this department. Still, it will probably get a new infotainment system that will make it feel a bit more modern – not that the current one is old. We think it will retain the same tablet-like design, sitting above the central air vents on the dashboard, next to the smaller secondary screen behind the steering wheel. Additional tweaks are expected on the inside, though nothing major.

The next logical step for the Spanish automaker would be to have a proper electric hot hatch in its portfolio, and maybe the facelifted Born will be the one to step into this class. A bi-motor setup with all-wheel drive would give it the muscle to bite other similarly-sized EVs, and the most plausible candidate is the assembly found on the ID.3 GTX. If that's the case, then expect around 300 horsepower combined from the two electric motors and a very competitive naught to sixty miles an hour time. The driving range could also be improved, but there's nothing official to suggest this move yet. We'll find out more as the testing advances and our spy photographers snap additional prototypes testing in all kinds of environments.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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