Seat has announced that a third, and flagship, model will join its SUV line-up from 2018.
Due to be built at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, the model will be based on the same platform as its Ateca and Skoda’s Kodiaq. However, it will sit a segment above the former and boast the option of seven-seats – as in the Kodiaq.
It will share technology and systems with other models across the Volkswagen Group, but it is as yet unknown exactly what existing Seat technologies will feature.
And, despite its obvious similarities with Skoda’s 4×4, Seat is quick to stress that the new model is not its interpretation of the model.
Instead, it will have a “distinct, sporty Seat character”, said a spokesperson for the Spanish carmaker.
As for powertrains in the new SUV? “It’s too early to comment,” added the spokesperson, noting that SEAT’s first electric propulsion car won’t arrive until 2019 – a year after this new model hits the market
— SEAT Official (@SEATofficial) March 23, 2017
Seat President Luca de Meo announced at the brand’s conference in Barcelona: “This car will bring new customers to us, will boost brand image and will have a very big effect on our ability to generate margins.
“It will be designed in Barcelona and made in Germany. Producing the new SUV in Wolfsburg, in the heart of the Group, will reinforce the ties between SEAT and Volkswagen”.
Currently, Seat only has one SUV in its line-up – the Ateca. At the Paris Motor Show last September the carmaker announced its debut into the compact crossover segment, revealing the Arona, which will be based on the same platform as the new Ibiza and built at Seat’s Martorell factory in Barcelona.
Seat will begin marketing the Arona in the second half of this year.