Report – Seat not coming with Ateca Cupra version until at least late next year image

Since the standard version – the first ever Seat sport utility vehicle – appears to be a hit with customers, the automaker is apparently not in any rush to deliver a more expensive higher-powered variant.

The new Spanish crossover made its official presence noticed back in February and the rumor mill has been keen on expanding the SUV’s story by focusing on the flagship high-performance Cupra version. But the latest report on the matter is surely going to turn some fans off – which must have already been in the talks with aftermarket specialists about turning their Ateca Cupra SUV into a worthy Nurburgring fighter. It appears that a feistier version of the SUV has been postponed because the demand for the regular variants exceed Seat’s manufacturing capacity. And there’s no reason to rush in the performance model since Ateca’s deliveries are just now kicking off.

If this new report is genuine, then the previous timeline for a Paris Motor Show in October introduction of the Ateca Cupra will not be maintained – and the production version won’t be scheduled before the end of next year. Meaning a preview concept should come out around March during the Geneva Motor Show with the production version in Frankfurt and then deliveries kicking off before the end of the year. The Ateca Cupra is rumored to boast a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine snatched from the Leon Cupra 290 – complete with 290 PS (286 hp / 213 kW).

Via Autocar.co.uk