So after years of indecision, research, and trial and error, Spanish car maker SEAT finally unveiled their first production SUV last night in Barcelona. The 2017 SEAT Ateca SUV is a new take on the firm’s emotional design language in a larger than usual scale. And it looks good.
SEAT Ateca has all the firm’s familiar design features, including trapezoidal grille, side blisters with sharp creases and the triangular light signatures, and there are optional full-LED headlights. In fact, some people may criticize the SUV for looking too like a Leon. But the good thing about this similarity is that it makes the SUV look rather sporty and fun. The same goes for the interior.
Two main highlights of the new SEAT Ateca include safety and connectivity features . The first one is taken care with a full host of advanced features, such as Traffic Jam Assist which is a semi-autonomous mode that lessens the fatigue of driving in traffic, Emergency Assist which is a drowsiness aversion system, and the more common technologies like Front Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Top View Camera. Connectivity features in the Ateca include Media System Plus with an eight-inch screen, Connectivity Box in the centre console with wireless smartphone charging and SEAT Full that integrates all known smartphones into the system.
as for the dynamics and performance, SEAT Ateca launches in Europe with a range of engines including 1.6 TDI (115 PS) and 2.0 TDI (150 and 190 PS) diesels, and 1.0 TSI (115 PS) and 1.4 TSI (150 PS) petrol units. The latter also has cylinder de-activation system. The drivetrain, depending on the option, consists of either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive, and a manual or dual-clutch DSG transmission.