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Cupra Leon in danger with Euro 7, but model could go electric


Incoming Euro 7 emissions laws could mean the end for Cupra’s small car, the Leon, but electrification is not out of the question

Cupra is carefully treading the line between retaining its combustion cars and introducing new electric models as Euro 7 emissions laws begin to be finalised. 

But the Leon small hatchback is one model in the firing line if it can’t be electrified. 

Wayne Griffiths, chief executive officer of the Spanish brand Cupra, told Australian media that incoming Euro 7 emissions rules are creating issues for the company in a multitude of ways. 

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The Cupra Leon could go electric as Euro 7 regulations push it out of the combustion era

“It could create huge problems for us, in terms of producing small cars because most of the small cars don’t have plug-in hybrid technologies.

“It (Euro 7 law) has to be done in a way that won’t destroy employment because at the moment, if it was to be implemented as it is, we would be closing factories”.

Cupra plans to be an all-electric brand by 2030. 

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The current Cupra Leon VZx

The news comes as Cupra conducts further research to enter the American market, but won’t build a ute to compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning or Rivian – that’ll be a job for Volkswagen-owned Scout Motors.

Cupra’s Leon hatchback could be saved by going electric 

The Cupra Leon is currently offered in Australia and in Europe with a plug-in hybrid option, however emissions laws could mean it is reduced to just the PHEV variant – with all pure combustion configurations likely to be axed. 

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Wayne Griffiths says that the Leon name could stay if the car went electric

But electrification of the Leon is not off the cards, with Griffiths mentioning that the Leon name would stay if an electric model was introduced. 

That’s far from a confirmation, however Cupra is committed to electrification, with its Born EV model soon to be released in Australia.