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Seat Mii ditches petrol engine to become electric-only (gallery)

Seat has confirmed that an electric version of the Mii city car will be its first production electric vehicle (EV).

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The Mii electric will be followed by the Seat el-Born, plug-in hybrid versions of Leon, and high-performance plug-in hybrid versions of Cupra Formentor and Cupra Leon as the Spanish manufacturer progresses its programme of elecrification.

Production of internal combustion engine Mii models will close in July, while pricing for the Mii electric will be announced in the autumn in time for order opening.

Seat said the Mii electric will help prepare its franchised car retail dealer network for the expanding alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) market and the challenges it will bring, making the transition for customers moving to electric vehicles seamless.

The Mii electric’s exterior is refreshed with the introduction of electric lettering at the rear, electric stickers on the side and 16-inch alloy wheels in matte Cosmo Grey.

Inside, delicate changes include a new dashboard, ambient lighting, sporty and heated seats, black sport leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake.

In addition, the Mii electric inlcudes safety technologies such as Lane Assist and Traffic sign recognition as standard equipment. But the greatest transformation comes under the bonnet.

The Mii electric’s motor, linked to a single speed transmission, provides 83PS and 212Nm, meaning the five-door car can reach 31mph from a standstill in only 3.9 seconds. A 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 161 miles of range from a single charge based on the WLTP test cycle.

Axel Andorff, executive vice-president for research and development at Seat, said: “The Seat Mii electric combines every attribute customers expect from the brand: fun to drive, performance and acceleration, but sprinkles added qualities on top: silence, low cost of ownership and even greater levels of connectivity.”

The all-electric city car is the first model to include Seat Connect, giving remote access and management of the vehicle. Customers can review driving data, parking position, the vehicle’s status, including doors and lights, and the ability to control air-conditioning remotely, all from their smartphone app.

Standard equipment for the Mii electric includes metallic paint, sports seats, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, rear parking sensors and fast DC charging capabilities. There will  be a choice of five colours: Deep Black, Candy White, Tornado Red, Chester Blue and Tungsten Silver.

Seat Mii electric production will begin in Bratislava (Slovakia) in Q4 2019, with market introduction in Q1 2020.

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