- Arona name confirmed for new Juke-sized SUV
- Will share a platform with upcoming Ibiza replacement
- Styling should mirror larger Ateca
- First cars expected to go on sale in late 2017
SEAT’s planning to expand its SUV lineup with the all-new Arona – a high-riding crossover based on the next generation Ibiza hatchback. This upcoming family car will face fierce competition from the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur when it goes on sale in late 2017. Read on for everything we know so far…
The Arona is expected to take inspiration from the larger Ateca and a number of SEAT concept cars, including the IBX and 20V20 SUVs. A sharply styled front end with angular headlights and a trapezoidal grille will almost certainly feature on the new car while creases in its sides should give it a sportier appearance than many rival crossovers.
Unlike the IBX concept – and to make accessing the back seats as easy as possible – the Arona is expected to be offered with four doors. Its taller body and higher roofline should mean it’ll be more spacious than the upcoming Ibiza, while its raised suspension should help it offer a better view of the road ahead, too.
We expect the Arona to be pitched as a sportier alternative to the likes of the upcoming Skoda Yeti and VW Polo T-Cross SUVs. It should come with a selection of peppy petrols including a compact 1.0-litre 90hp unit and a more potent 150hp 1.4-litre engine. Buyers will be offered a choice of either six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearboxes but SEAT hasn’t confirmed whether four-wheel drive will be available. High-performance Cupra models could come with a 1.8-litre unit producing 192hp.
We expect SEAT to tease a concept version of the Arona at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017 before a production-ready model is revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It has confirmed, however, that order books will open before the end of 2017. Entry-level cars should cost from approximately £14,000 while top-spec Cupra versions could set you back more than £25,000.
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SEAT Arona price, specs and release date (updated September 2016)
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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