“The new SEAT Ateca plays a key role in our new brand strategy. The Ateca mid-size SUV is kick-starting the largest product offensive in the history of SEAT.” These were the words of SEAT Executive Committee Chairman Luca de Meo during the launch of SEAT’s first SUV in 2016. Two and a half years later his intentions have been fulfilled and SEAT now has three models in its SUV range, all sharing the same DNA but with their own distinct personality. Today they are on the road together for the first time in the city where they were created.
Design is the deciding factor for 65% of customers who purchase an SUV. In the case of the SEAT models, they all have a common origin - Barcelona. “All three could only have been created in this city”, according to SEAT design director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos. With the elegance, sportiness and love for detail as shared characteristics, each model has its own features.
The SEAT Ateca, Arona and Tarraco take to the streets of Barcelona, the city where they were created.
For example, the Arona crossover SUV boasts a “strong crossover character, with 68 possible colour combinations”, the Ateca is distinguished by its “elegant silhouette” while the Tarraco large SUV “conveys its character thanks to the design of its front end, which points to what future SEAT models will look like.”
With performance outputs ranging from the 95 hp of the Arona to the 190 hp of the Tarraco, the three SUVs offer a wide variety of engines to guarantee performance, efficiency and reliability. In addition, the Arona is the first model in its segment to offer a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine, while the Tarraco will benefit from a Plug-in Hybrid version. SEAT’s largest SUV is “a masterpiece in terms of functionality and versatility” assures SEAT Vice-president for R&D Dr. Matthias Rabe.
Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, ACC adaptive cruise control, emergency braking function… These are just a few of the state of the art safety assistants that are built into SEAT’s SUVs and which show the brand’s commitment to prioritising safety and making driving easier. Furthermore, the Tarraco large SUV raises the bar even higher by including pedestrian and cyclist recognition systems.
For 28% of people who buy a car, connectivity is a primary feature. SEAT is working intensively on offering the best solutions to respond to the growing digitalisation of our surroundings, and the three SUVs demonstrate this, offering amazing connected car experience . On one hand with the Digital Cockpit and an 8 inch screen; and on the other, with Full Link as a core element. This system links a smartphone to the car via Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link to guarantee connectivity in a safe manner.
30% of buyers currently choose a car that offers an elevated driving position, such as an SUV. In the past five years, sales of this kind of mid-size vehicle have nearly doubled in Europe, and this upward trend is on the rise. Sales are expected to grow by 40% by 2025, reaching a total of 2.8 million units. In the case of SEAT, SUVs have been key in boosting company sales. One out of every three cars sold by the brand is an SUV and these figures will soon be joined by the Tarraco.