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Seat unveils 'dynamic' Ateca SUV (gallery)

5 Seat Ateca 2016

Seat has unveiled its first ever SUV – the Ateca – ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms in September.

Potential UK buyers can register their interest in the Spanish brand’s new model from today following an official unveiling in Barcelona last night.

The new addition to the Volkswagen Group’s portfolio of SUVs promises a “dynamic drive” and will be available with a choice of turbocharged TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines delivering power outputs ranging from 113 to 181bhp and a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive and manual or dual-clutch DSG gearboxes.

Fuel economy will range from 46 to 66mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions from 112 to 131g/km.

Dr Matthias Rabe, Vice President of SEAT, S.A. responsible for Research and Development, said: “We have put together an amazing package of technologies and innovations for the Ateca – delivering more safety and utility but, above all, the most dynamic driving experience possible.

“We will set a whole new standard within the segment with its light-footed, precise handling. It is incredibly fun to drive. And we have combined this driving experience with compelling utility, making the Ateca a hugely versatile companion for an active urban life.”

An array of technology options extends from full-LED headlights, wireless phone charging, cross traffic alert, Traffic Jam Assist, lane keeping assist and road sign recognition.

Connectivity comes courtesy of Full Link, meanwhile, a system that incorporates Apple Carplay and MirrorLink functions to deliver full integration of smartphone functions to the Ateca’s infotainment system.

The Ateca – which takes its name from a Spanish village of the same name – will be available in three trim levels, topping out with the Ateca XCELLENCE. Full specifications and prices have yet to be announced.

At 4.36 metres in length, Seat claims that the Ateca will offer some of the best use of space in the segment, with a 510-litre boot (485 litres in all-wheel-drive versions).

Seat UK dealerships will be hoping that the Ateca boosts the Spanish brand’s fortunes after sales fell from 53,512 in 2014 to 47,654 in 2015, the first drop in sales it has experienced since 2008.

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