SEAT has introduced the new SEAT Mii Ecofuel, the lowest-emitting production car ever for the brand. This is part of plans to expand the Mii family. The Mii Ecofuel uses compressed natural gas (CNG), offering excellent efficiency and considerably lessened running costs without compromising the fun driving dynamics that the Mii is known for.
The Mii Ecofuel is the first model with a CNG engine to use a SEAT badge. This model was launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It has an average consumption of only 2.9 kg CNG/100 km.
Since the fuel price over this distance is less than 3 Euros (about £2.60) in many countries), the running costs are about half those of a Mii that uses a petrol engine. The 1.0-litre, 68 PS engine is based on the three-cylinder petrol unit fitted in Mii (with 60 PS and 75 PS outputs). However, it was designed particularly for CNG operation.
It emits only 79 g/km of CO2, its best-in-class. James Muir, President of SEAT S.A., said that the new SEAT Mii Ecofuel makes environmentally friendly CNG technology affordable for everyone. He also said that its attractive starting price and outstanding low consumption and emissions figures turn the Mii Ecofuel into a highly exciting and sensible choice.
This is true even for high-mileage drivers. The new SEAT Mii Ecofuel has an entry price of €12,050 in Germany and is the cheapest CNG model on the market. It’s expected for SEAL vehicles to offer amazing value-for-money and low maintenance costs.
Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of Research and Development for SEAT, said that the Mii Ecofuel has the added benefits of “fun, functionality, efficiency and resource conservation without any compromise.” Because of the advanced vehicle architecture, the company was able to position the two CNG tanks under the vehicle floor to save room. As a result, the high functionality, safety and driving fun of the SEAT Mii are not affected.