Seat's all-electric quadricycle offers two seats, simple connectivity tech and a battery swap system to negate charging wait.

New Seat Minimo concept aims to solve city driving issues

New Seat Minimo concept aims to solve city driving issues

by Lawrence Allan

25 February 2019

Seat has revealed what it’s calling “the future of city mobility”, the Minimó concept car, at this year’s Mobile World Congress. 

The tiny all-electric quadricycle has been developed to “help meet the challenges of city driving, emission regulations… the increasing fatigue of traffic jams or the lack of parking spaces”. Measuring just 2.5m long and 1.24m wide, the Minimó is less than half the footprint of the average A-segment city car. 

It blends motorbike details, such as a single headlight, with an SUV-like driving position and relatively exposed 17in wheels. Asymmetrical doors are designed to open in tight spaces, too. 

New Seat Minimo concept aims to solve city driving issues

The Minimó’s interior is described as offering a “tactile, clean and comfortable space”, with a generous 1+1 seating layout giving equal amounts of room to driver and passenger. Seat claims its 360deg view offers unrivalled visibility. 

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The concept’s electric motor and battery pack allow a modest 62 miles of range on a single charge, but Seat has designed the pack to be removed from under the floor and swapped for a charged pack “in a matter of seconds”.  

A central display inside the car allows the use of wireless Android Auto tech and Seat claims the Minimó will be ready for level four autonomous technology when it arrives. That would allow it to pick up the user when requested, showing its intention as a car-sharing mobility solution. No production intent has been hinted at yet, though.

Seat also announced it will created an in-house software subsidiary, located in Barcelona, which will be open in the next 12 months. Dear boss Luca de Meo explained the decision to lead its own software development: “cars have ten times more code than a smartphone and we estimate that will multiply by ten when hyper-connectivity kicks in.” The move is in contrast to many car makers which are going into partnership with established software providers.

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