Having laid out its electrified vehicle plans last March, VW Group Spanish unit Seat has launched the Mii electric, its first production all-electric vehicle. This will be followed by the el-Born EV and PHEV versions of the Leon, Cupra Leon and Formentor.

"The market is changing, and electrification is expanding at an unprecedented rate. In Europe, the electric vehicle market grew by 46% in the first four months of the year; moving forward we expect electrified vehicles to play an important role within our range," said Seat president Luca de Meo.

"The Mii electric is the start of that journey, and at the same time brings to the market an affordable electric car."

The Mii electric will help prepare the dealer network for the expanding electrified 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, changes include a new dashboard, ambient lighting, heated sports seats, black sport leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. Safety technology includes lane assist and traffic sign recognition as standard.

The electric motor, linked to a single speed transmission, provides 61kW (83PS) of power and 212Nm of torque instantly, meaning the five-door car can reach 31mph (50km/h) from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. The 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, provides up to 161.5 miles (260km) of range from a single charge based on the WLTP test cycle.

The new EV is the first model to include Seat Connect, giving remote access and management of the vehicle. Customers can review driving data, parking position, vehicle status, including doors and lights, and the ability to control air-conditioning remotely, from a smartphone app.

Standard equipment for the UK spec 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.

When the Mii electric enters its key markets – Germany, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain, Austria, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Sweden – it will be one of the most affordable electric vehicles on sale.

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