SEAT sets its sights on Mondeo and Insignia image

SEAT is aiming to steal Ford and Vauxhall customers with the launch of its new Multitronic CVT transmission installed in its Exeo 2-litre diesel model.

The new version, which will hit SEAT showrooms in April, has the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia in its sights according to UK MD Peter Wyhinny.

The new Multitronic CVT gearbox, developed within the Volkswagen Group, is available for the first time on the B-premium SEAT Exeo

In auto mode, the transmission is ideal for driving around town while on the country roads it can be switched to sport manual, adopting seven stepped ratios to allow more driver control through the use of steering wheel mounted paddles.

Claimed fuel consumption is 48.7 mpg mated to the 2-litre diesel engine.

Wyhinny said: “Target market is Mondeo and Insignia, the majority of people buying other brands in this segment have already stepped outside the norm so we don’t expect to conquest many sales from them.

“Diesel automatics account for about 15 per cent of the premium B-segment and this model we expect to account for around 15 per cent of Exeo sales.

Exeo Multitronic will be available from April, prices to be confirmed but Wyhinny said it is expected to be around £1,500 over the manual version. There will be SE Tech and Sport Tech packages available which will add around £3,000 worth of equipment for just £900 extra.

The only other slight change to the Exeo – and applicable to all models – is an additional 44mm of legroom in the rear thanks to some re-engineering of the seats.