The troubled Spanish brand is looking towards brighter horizons now as the range is being refreshed – and more importantly it’s looking towards the introduction of their new Ateca crossover.
Let’s face it, SUVs and crossovers are the leaders of the XXI century in terms of popularity, so not having at least one in your lineup means all but certain doom. And Seat has been long in the making with its own product to fit the criteria – but here it is now. Called the Ateca – there are still things the rumor mill can’t get right – the new SUV will make its official worldwide public debut during the early-March Geneva Motor Show. What we have here is a sporty crossover with a stylish and dynamic front end – Seat’s signature trapezoidal grille is being guarded by optional LED headlights. Taking care of the SUV appearance is the plastic body cladding while Seat’s brand stance is highlighted by the crisp character lines and sporty greenhouse. We also noticed roof rails, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and faux skid plates. The automaker didn’t give many details concerning the cabin, but we can see the three-spoke steering wheel, push-button ignition, and contemporary infotainment system with up to an eight-inch display. Optional goodies include a “Connectivity Box” that is housed by the center console and can wirelessly recharge smartphones.
The Ateca is also up to snuff in terms of safety: Traffic Jam Assist system is here to accelerate, steer, and brake the car at low speed without driver input; the Emergency Assist system can automatically stop the car if the driver is unconscious and other goodies include Blind Spot Detection, Rear Traffic Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition. A wide choice of engines taken from the vast rosters of the VW group is available, including a 1.0-liter TSI with 115 horsepower and a 1.4-liter TSI that develops 150 hp. The 1.6-liter TDI packs 115 hp and the well known 2.0-liter TDI can give 150 and 190 hp. The motors will work together with a manual transmission or a dual-clutch DSG gearbox, the first choice is front wheel drive but the owners can also pay extra to have the all-wheel drive system.