Seat range topped by new Tarraco SUV
Starting next year, Seat will complete its SUV-range, already consisting of the Arona and Ateca-models, by the new Tarraco, a large SUV topping the brand’s range and offering up to seven seats. The model shows the design direction the brand plans to follow for the coming years.
The name Tarraco comes from the Mediterranean city of Tarragona in Catalunya, Spain. It was chosen by popular vote by more than 140.000 people who participated in the final phase of the #SeatseekingName competition. Although it is Spanish by name and by development (designed at the Seat facilities in Martorell), the Tarraco will be assembled in Germany, in the Wolfsburg plant.
The new model forms part of a € 3,3 billion investment plan between 2015 and 2019. That plan seems to be succesful, because Seat is doing quite well, with just under 384.000 vehicles sold between January and August of this year, an increase of 21,9% over the same period in 2017.
The new flagship of the brand is built on the VW Group’s MQB-platform that also supports its VW Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq-counterparts. The dimensions of 4.735 mm in length and 1.658 mm in height should account for a very spacious interior. The front design hints to Seat’s new design language using a very prominent grille and sharp full led-headlights that are standard on the two available trim levels, named Style and Xcellence. At the rear, the emphasis is on a low loading area and there also, led-lighting underlines the vehicle’s design.
The Tarraco features Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) which makes for an ideal balance between sportiness and comfort, with the driver on the controls, and all of its engines will benefit from direct-injection, turbocharging and start-stop technology.
Two of the engines will be petrol-fueled, a four-cylinder 1.5 TSI producing 150 ps linked to a six speed manual transmission, and a two litre producing 190 ps. The two litre engine is always mated to a seven-speed DSG-gearbox and features Seat’s 4Drivefour wheel drive system.
On the diesel side, the Tarraco will be on offer with two versions of the 2.0 TDI, offering 150 or 190 ps. The first one can be ordered with front wheel drive and a six-speed manual, or as a four wheel drive featuring the DSG-automatic transmission. For the 190 ps version the only option is the 4Drive& DSG-one.
A wide selection of driving aids will be available. Well known systems such as Lane and Front Assist including bicycle and pedestrian detection will be standard, others such as Blind Spot Detection, Traffic Jam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control will be available as options. The interior features Seat’s 10.25” Digital Cockpit and a 8” wide floating screen to give access to all connectivity options. The Tarraco will also be the first Seat to feature gesture control functions when equipped with the 8” Navigation Plus-system.
Picture Copyricht: Seat (2018)