Paris Motor Show to feature the Seat Ateca X-Perience concept image

The Martorell-based automaker has recently presented to the world its first ever SUV, and now in time for the Paris Motor Show the model is deciding to seek its adventurous side.

Enhanced off-road abilities aren’t exactly on the menu for today’s crop of SUVs and crossovers – so it’s understandable that some automakers need a special version that has rugged capabilities. Thus is the case with Seat, which has decided to introduce the Ateca X-Perience concept – though the prototype actually looks pretty ready to hit the dealerships as it is. Most likely the production version will reach the assembly lines in 2017 and will stand next to the Leon X-Perience. In the same vein as the high-riding compact wagon, the new Ateca version has modified bumpers as well as front and rear skid plates for extra protection while going on rough ground.

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VW’s Spanish unit has also clad the concept with a unique set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in high-profile tires as well as additional plastic cladding to go along with the mostly olive green matte body. The concept has standard 4×4 alongside with a Haldex clutch, a Hill Descent Control function as well as selectable driving modes. The heart is a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine packing 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 400 Newton-meters (295 pound-feet) of torque mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.