New SEAT Mii electric launched in Oslo

The new SEAT Mii electric has a range of around 160 miles, and is expected to start from less than £18k

The new SEAT Mii electric has been launched in Oslo, the Spanish brand’s first all-electric car. Prices will be announced in autumn this year, but are expected to start below £18,000.

In effect, the SEAT Mii electric is a re-skinned version of the recently-announced Skoda Citigo e iV. As such, it uses a 36.8kWh battery pack and electric motor, producing 81bhp and 212Nm of torque. Like the Skoda, the all-electric Mii has a range of around 160 miles, 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 81mph.

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Charge times should match those of the Skoda Citigo e iV, with an 80 per cent charge from flat taking an hour when plugged into a CCS 40kW fast-charger. When plugged into a conventional 7.2kW household socket, the battery should be replenished in around four hours.

Updates over the conventionally-powered Mii include a fresh set of 16-inch alloy wheels, a new dashboard, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and new ambient lighting. Standard equipment includes cruise control, LED daytime running lights, parking sensors, sports seats and a suite of new safety kit, including lane assist and traffic sign recognition

The Mii electric will also be the first SEAT model offered with SEAT CONNECT, allowing owners to view their car’s driving data, charge status and location, as well as control their car’s lights, door locks and air-conditioning from a smartphone application.

When the Mii electric reaches showrooms in the autumn, it’s likely that SEAT will axe the conventionally-powered Mii model from its line-up.

SEAT is hoping to entice buyers back to the A-segment with the Mii electric’s pricing. Official prices are yet to be confirmed but, once sales start in September, SEAT has promised the Mii electric will be one of the most affordable EVs on sale.

The Mii EV will shortly be joined by a fleet of additional electrified models including a production version of the el-Born concept, a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Leon and high performance PHEV variants of the Cupra Formentor and Cupra Leon.

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