Presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, SEAT Ateca will be the first SUV from the Spanish automobile manufacturer. According to SUV enthusiasts, the car is expected to meet specific needs of many people. The automaker describes SEAT Ateca SUV as a true symbol of dignity and success.
SEAT Ateca SUV – Exterior and Interior Design
The Ateca SUV will be built on the same platform as SEAT Leon. It will get a lot of exterior features from this model. From the photos taken during the auto show, the car looks quite elegant and sleek. It has well-balanced body lines, curves and overtures.
The front end of SEAT Ateca SUV will spot the usual SEAT grille with a few tweaks. But the headlights will get major upgrades: they will be new and integrated with LED technology. From the sides, you will be able to see a backward-sloping roof, stylish side mirrors, and 5-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. The back end will look a bit aggressive with larger taillights and a protruding bumper.
If you have seen the interior of the Leon, you should have a clue of how the interior of SEAT Ateca SUV will look like. There will be the intensive use of plastics in the cabin of the upcoming car. The seats will feature Alcantara upholstery while the steering wheel will be crafted from high-quality leather. Also, a panoramic sunroof will be provided to brighten up the cabin.
An ergonomically-designed dashboard will welcome you to a world of technologies. On the center console, you will notice a display screen that is wide enough to provide driving information and other vital details.
Some mechanical and digital controls will be installed on the touchscreen infotainment system to simplify the car operation. The car should get more tech systems such as climate control, navigation and connectivity options.
In addition, SEAT Ateca SUV will get a wide range of protection features to make it safe and secure. You can expect features such as airbags, cruise control, parking assist, seatbelts, blind-spot monitors, keyless entry, lane keep assist and security alarms.
SEAT Ateca SUV – Engine and Performance
The SEAT SUV is rumored to come with multiple engine options. Three engines will be popular and include a 1.4-liter TSI I4, 1.6-liter TDI I4, and 2.0-liter TSI I4. The 1.4-liter is capable of generating 148 hp and 184 lb-ft while 1.6-liter capable of producing 108 hp and 184 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter engine is rated at 158 hp and 251 lb-ft.
These engines will be backed by a 6-speed dual clutch or 7-speed manual transmission to support an all-wheel drive system. Also, according to the carmaker, the engines will get upgrades that will improve their fuel economy and lower their emission rates. We are looking forward to fuel consumption of 33 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
SEAT Ateca SUV – Competition, Price, and Release Date
The SEAT Ateca will compete for the market share with the following cars: Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai, Mitsubishi ASX, Subaru Crosstrek, Fiat 500X and Honda Modulo.
In conclusion, the SEAT Ateca SUV will be one of the most affordable SUVs out there. The base model will cost around $20,000. The price will be higher for trim levels. The top premium model is expected to retail at around $30,000. Finally, as for the release date, the car will be available on the market at the end of 2016.