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James Attwood, digital editor

Seat will launch two electric models within the next three years, including one bespoke machine built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB decided electric architecture.

Speaking at the launch of the Tarraco SUV, which completes the first wave of the firm’s model offensive, the firm’s technical boss, Matthias Rabe, said that Seat is set to introduce a number of electric and electrified models into its range.

While he didn’t give specifics, he said that Seat would launch a new product every six months for the next three years. That will include the new Leon next year, and two pure electric models would arrive by 2021, one built on the MEB platform.

Rabe said that that MEB car “will show electric cars can be emotional, sport and demanding.”

Rabe also said that the firm would introduce extensive use of hybrid and mild hybrid technology throughout both the line-up of both Seat and new sub-brand Cupra.

The new Tarraco will launch with petrol and diesel engines, but Rabe confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version would launch within the next two years. It will offer a total powertrain performance of 207hp with 295lb ft of torque and a pure electric range of more than 30 miles. He also said the car would have a CO2 output of less than 50g/km.

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