It was an open secret: SEAT wanted a piece of the SUV cake and, given how juicy it is, it has been slow to make its move. But there is no more waiting, although it will be premiered at the Geneva Motor Show, we already know the first SUV of the Spanish brand, the Ateca .
And given the current market situation, the manufacturer is clear about what their role will be: “The SEAT ATECA is destined to become the third pillar of the brand , following the success of the León and the Ibiza”, declares Luca de Meo , chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT.
But, in such a busy segment, what are your arguments to be successful?
With seeing it it is clear that we are facing a model of the brand, since the design language is unmistakable. If it were necessary to compare it with one of its brothers, we could approach it to the SEAT Leon , although all the aesthetic elements present / display a more horizontal lines and seated .
The front optical groups, the grille, the air intake of the bumper and the shape of the fog lamps or the rear lights are examples. What gives it its own touch are the waist line, which barely rises from front to rear, or the usual SUV complements, such as the lower plastic protections, the aluminum fenders in the center of the bumpers or the roof bars.
It measures 4,360 mm long, 1,840 mm wide, 1,600 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,640 mm, which gives a good interior livability and a boot capacity of 510 liters … which are reduced to 485 if it is a version equipped with all-wheel drive.
And yes, even if it is an SUV, SEAT will offer 4 × 4 versions of the model . That customers then take it off track is another thing, but it is appreciated that a car with off-road makes have the option present.
The mechanical offer will be quite varied, with three diesel blocks and two gasoline between them to choose from. The first will be a 1.6 TDi of 115 hp, a 2.0 TDi of 150 hp and a 2.0 TDi of 190 hp. The seconds, a 1.0 TSi tricilíndrico of 112 CV and a 1.4 TSi of 150 CV. All of them are associated as standard with a manual gearbox of six relations , although some will have an automatic of seven optionally.
In its commitment to technology and connectivity , the Ateca will feature Traffic Jam Assist, SEAt Drive Profile, Emergency Assist, signal recognition system, cruise control, the Easy Connect infotainment system, the SEAT Full Link connection, the application SEAT ConnectApp, etc.
And if that were not enough, there are already reports pointing to two other SUVs on the way : a large one with seven seats and a compact one based on Ibiza. We will have to wait to see where these rumors come from.