This officially sanctioned ‘spy shot’ reveals the dimensions of the jointly developed VW/Seat soft-roader, which will be aimed squarely at the burgeoning small SUV market and cars such as the Land Rover Freelander 2 and Toyota RAV4.
Seat will soon have two separate 4x4s. The Altea Freetrack was unveiled at June’s Barcelona Motor Show and goes on sale this autumn as an off-roader ‘lite’ version of the Altea; the planned Tiguan project will offer a standalone and beefed-up 4x4 option.
The compact SUV sector is still growing remarkably fast across Europe. Seat’s sales and marketing vice-president Berthold Krueger claimed this segment is worth 200,000 units in Europe today – climbing to a forecast 500,000 within the next two years.
“VW is developing the Tiguan and we are considering a similar version, but sportier,” said Krueger.
Expect gadgets aplenty including a self-parking function and satellite-navigation that works even off the beaten track. A one-touch button will be used to set the car’s electronic traction and hill descent systems for off-road duties.
Expect a curvier style than VW’s boxy Tiguan
Soft-roader is front-drive most of the time, 4x4 when conditions are slippery
Expect three petrols (148, 168 and 197bhp) and a pair of diesels (138 and 168bhp)