A revised version of SEAT’s compact SUV is due for launch next year with updated styling, fresh tech and a potential PHEV powertrain
This is our first look at the facelifted SEAT Ateca. The Spanish brand’s revamped SUV will reach the UK market late next year sporting fresh exterior styling, more interior tech and a potential plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Exterior styling updates seem minimal, being limited to the camouflaged area around this mule’s nose. Revisions include a new front bumper, a revised grille, a pair of mildly tweaked front wings and a fresh set of new headlights. New alloy wheels and additional customisation options are also expected.
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Interior styling revisions will be equally minimal, stretching to little more than trim and upholstery updates. More noticeable will be an updated range of technology; the old model’s 6.5-inch infotainment system will be ditched, with the SUV’s larger eight-inch unit being offered as standard across the range.
The facelifted Ford Kuga rival will also come with a range of additional USB ports, while higher specced models will come with the Volkswagen Group’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the first time – an option which was previously only available on the performance-focused Cupra Ateca.
A plug-in hybrid powertrain could also be introduced to the Ateca’s engine range, utilising the same drivetrain as the new Volkswagen Passat GTE. This Ateca PHEV would combine a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 8.7kWh battery and an electric motor, providing 201bhp, 350Nm of torque and a likely all-electric range of around 20 miles.
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