Seat Tarraco targets corporate fleets with flagship SUV
Seat has revealed its Tarraco seven-seat SUV, which will provide it with a flagship model, including a PHEV version, to target corporate fleets with.
Named after the city of Tarragona, it is built at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, alongside the Tiguan, with deliveries scheduled for the start of 2019.
Positioned above the Arona and Ateca SUVs, the Tarraco will play a key role for Seat at a time of ongoing growth. Between January and August, the brand delivered 383,900 vehicles worldwide, an increase of 21,9% over the same period in 2017.
Two petrol variants will be available: a four-cylinder 150hp 1.5 litre TSI unit with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, and a 190hp 2.0-litre offering, married up to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Drive four-wheel drive. There are two diesel options, both 2.0-litre TDIs and also offering power outputs of 150hp and 190hp. The 150hp variant can be connected to either a front-wheel drive, six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG with 4Drive system. The higher powered version is solely available in 4Drive/seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Seat said ‘alternative drivetrains’ will follow, likely to utilise plug-in hybrid technology used elsewhere in the group.
The Tarraco previews the next-generation Seat family design, with a more prominent grille, and features the latest assistance and safety features, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and 8-inch infotainment with the brand’s first application of gesture control technology.
Standard equipment in Europe will include Lane Assist and Front Assist including bicycle and pedestrian detection, while systems such as Blind Spot Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), Light Assist and Emergency Assist are available as options. The Tarraco SUV also includes Emergency Call, Pre-crash Assist and Rollover Detection.