SEAT boss, Luca de Meo has confirmed the brand will release a smaller SUV to sit below the Ateca in its model range. In a statement at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, he confirmed the new model will be called the Arona – after the town of Arona in Tenerife. We expect it to look similar to the IBX Crossover Concept, shown throughout.
The new car will be built on the A0 platform that already underpins the Skoda Fabia and will form the basis of the upcoming Ibiza supermini. This platform allows it to maximise interior space while minimising the car’s exterior footprint and also includes the option of fitting four-wheel drive although it’s not been confirmed whether it’ll be offered on the Arona.
We expect the Arona to look very similar to the Ateca to reinforce SEAT’s brand styling direction. It could, however, feature a somewhat more stylised interpretation of the look featured on the IBX Crossover Concept. A five-door body is almost guaranteed but a three-door style – echoing the IBX – is also a possibility.
We don’t expect many surprises under the bonnet – SEAT has a wide range of strong VW-group engines to call upon for this model. Entry-level will probably be powered by a 90hp 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol with a more powerful 150hp 1.4-litre further up the range. A range-topping 1.8-litre with 192hp could feature in a Cupra model similar to the Ibiza.
Diesel options could be fewer as the VW-group aims to move away from the fuel type but expect a 1.4-litre unit in outputs from 75 to 105hp returning more than 70mpg. Higher up the range, 1.6 or 2.0-litre versions could provide more powerful diesel alternatives. The VW-group has expressed even more interest in electric and hybrid engines recently so it’s possible these could also feature.
SEAT Arona price and release date
No pricing details have been announced but it’ll cost less than the Ateca so an entry-level price of around £14,000 seems possible. Likewise, no release date has been announced but SEAT’s boss has said 2017 will be a big year for the brand so we’d expect it sometime in the latter half.
SEAT Arona latest news (updated August 2016)
SEAT is planning to expand its SUV range in 2017 with a new crossover based on the Ibiza hatchback. This new car, thought to be called the Arona, will probably take inspiration from both the recently launched Ateca and the IBX Crossover Concept car, shown throughout.
SEAT Arona SUV – styling
The Arona will be based on the same MQB platform as the next-generation Ibiza. It’ll probably be approximately the same size as the new Audi Q2 and could share numerous features with the upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross SUV including a raised ride height, chunkier styling and the option of a four-wheel-drive system.
The new Arona should feature the Spanish brand’s large grille and lower air intake, edgy headlights and larger wheels than the Ibiza to help give it a more imposing look.
SEAT Arona SUV – interior
The Arona will likely share a whole host of interior elements with the Ibiza on which it’s based. It’ll probably include cheaper plastics and a slightly lower quality feel than rivals from Audi and Volkswagen but – like all SEATs – the Arona will come with plenty of equipment and safety features as standard.
The Arona should boast a larger boot than the Ibiza and offer rear seat passengers greater headroom thanks to its bulkier body and taller roofline. SEAT intends to expand its SUV range and the Arona could lead the way for an even smaller crossover based on the SEAT Mii city car.
SEAT Arona SUV – Engines
The Arona will be available with a range of VW-sourced engines. A 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will probably be the entry-level option while 1.5 TSI petrol and 1.5 TDI diesel engines will also feature higher up on the price list. These more powerful units will be offered with either a manual or a DSG automatic gearbox.
SEAT Arona SUV price and release date
There’s been no word from SEAT on when we can expect the Arona to be released but it’s likely to hit UK showrooms in late 2017. An entry-level Arona will probably cost approximately £14,000 – nearly £4,000 cheaper than the Ateca and considerably less expensive than the Audi Q2.
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