Seat is planning for a number of SUV launches in the coming years capitalizing on the modular MQB platform from the Volkswagen. After the Ateca SUV which was introduced last year, the Spanish car manufacturer is testing out the new Arona crossover. The test mule of the entry-level Seat crossover has been seen testing.
The Arona CUV was teased a few months back. It will be placed below the Ateca and will have the Martorell-based carmaker’s new family face. The Arona would be more of a jacked-up Ibiza rather than a scaled down Ateca. It will also have same equipment and features, other than the assembly line with the Ibiza hatch.
As seen in the prototype, the wedge-shaped headlamp unit is same as the Ateca and even the tail lamps are similar. The increased ground clearance over the Ibiza is clear whereas expect the crossover to wear cladded wheel arches the roof rails to add the rugged look.
The Arona will be powered by petrol and diesel engine that powers the Ibiza. The 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine could be joined by the three pot 1.0-litre in the entry level. The oil burner, will get the 1.6-litre TDI in a different state of tunes. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual or a seven speed dual-clutch automatic. The Arona is likely to be offered only in the front wheel drive configuration. A souped up Cupra variant is also on the cards.
Seat is expected to launch the Arona at the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales starting later this year. It will face competition from the likes of Nissan Juke, Opel Crossland X and the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc. Following the new Arona, Seat will introduce a new seven-seater SUV as well.