New images courtesy of Motor 1, show SEAT’s new high-performance Ateca Cupra SUV being tested on the roads for the first time. The Spanish firm hopes this potent crossover will steal a march on key rivals when it goes on sale in 2017 and be the first affordable SUV to offer hot hatch performance in a practical, high-riding package.
If boot space is more important to you than outright speed, view the latest offers on the standard car using our SEAT Ateca deals page. If you’re not sure what to buy, let our car chooser help narrow down your search.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra – styling
SEAT has clearly played it safe with the new Ateca Cupra’s design. Keen-eyed petrol heads may spot four larger exhaust tips poking out from the rear bumper but you’d have to be a die-hard SEAT fan to notice how the front fog lights have been replaced by large air intakes.
New alloy wheels cloak a set of larger brake discs and more powerful calipers while this test car features a matt black paintjob. Productions models are expected to be offered in traditional gloss and metallic paint finishes, however.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra – interior
No images have surfaced of the upcoming Ateca Cupra’s interior but we expect it to have been carried over mostly unchanged from the standard car. A few racy touches, such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel – similar to the Leon Cupra – and contrast stitching may make an appearance, however.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra – engines and driving
This new high-performance Ateca is expected to use the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Leon Cupra 290. In the prototype shown here, this 286hp unit drives all four wheels through a DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Manual versions may also be available but SEAT is yet to confirm any specific details.
It’s difficult to tell from these grainy photos, but it’s likely the Ateca Cupra will sit on lowered suspension and larger alloy wheels than the standard car. This should give it a distinctly more sporty feel but may affect the ride quality slightly.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra – price and release date
SEAT hasn’t confirmed when this Cupra model will go on sale, but we expect it to hit UK roads before the end of 2017. If you fancy parking on of these hot SUVs on your driveway, you’ll probably have to hand over in the region of £35,000.
Save money on your new car
If you can’t wait for this tasty Cupra version, use our SEAT Ateca deals page to see how much you could save on the standard car through carwow. Not sure what to buy? Head over to our car chooser or use our PCP calculator to get a better idea of how much a new car could cost you per month.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra price, specs and release date (updated October 2016)
The SEAT Ateca is already winning plenty of praise, but a new high performance Cupra model – spotted undisguised at a recent SEAT launch – will inject a healthy dose of excitement into the mix. At this stage, nobody offers a crossover with hot hatch levels of performance, meaning SEAT could potentially snatch a unique position in the market.
The undisguised model looks almost identical to the regular Ateca – shown throughout. To see how much you could save on the standard car through carwow, head over to the SEAT Ateca deals pages. For more information, read our SEAT Ateca review.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra styling
Early glimpses might not reveal the final look of the production car – the undisguised car’s bumpers, sills and rear spoiler are identical to the regular model while the final model might play up its sporty image. However, clues to its more serious setup are clear – 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in tyres 20mm wider than the regular Ateca’s allow for huge Brembo brakes, and four exhaust tips poke out from beneath the rear bumper.
When the design of the new model is finally revealed, expect the changes to be fairly understated – the front air dam is likely to be deeper, the car will sit slightly lower to the ground and both bumpers will lose the silver 4×4-inspired trim in favour of a smoother, sportier look.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra driving and engines
The Ateca rides on the same platform as the Leon hatchback and, as a result, it’s almost certain the Ateca Cupra will share its engine with the Leon Cupra 290. Power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing somewhere in the region of 286hp. The Leon can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, but a heavier crossover-inspired body will probably make the Ateca slightly slower.
Some versions of the Ateca are equipped with four-wheel drive, so it remains a possibility for the Cupra variant. A choice of six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes will be available.
2017 SEAT Ateca Cupra release date
Hot SUV fans shouldn’t have long to wait – the Ateca Cupra will make its debut in 2017. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but will probably be higher than the current range-topping Ateca’s £30,000 price.
Save money on your next new car
Take a look at the SEAT Ateca deals page to see how much carwow could help you save on your next car. Get all the information in our SEAT Ateca review. If you’d like to learn more about the Ateca’s rivals, head over to our car chooser.