2016 Seat Ateca
Seat’s first venture into the crossover market
In many ways, Seat is to the Volkswagen Group what Opel is to General Motors: a bottomless pit. Well, maybe Seat is doing a little better than the German brand, but it’s struggling to make a profit for quite a few years now. Given the financial troubles, it’s no surprise that the Spanish company has decided to jump on the crossover bandwagon. Having unveiled the 20V20 and Leon Cross Sport concepts in 2015, Seat has finally introduced its first-ever production SUV. Dubbed Ateca and based on the same MQB oily bits that underpin most Volkswagen Group crossovers, this people hauler is slightly smaller than the Tiguan and aimed at the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson.
Described as "Seat’s next pillar following the successful Leon and Ibiza," the Ateca is a crucial model to the Spanish brand, which predicts that crossover sales in Western Europe will grow by 25 percent over the next few years. It’s easy to imagine why this vehicle is so important...
The Ateca will arrive in European dealerships this spring with a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines under the hood. Much like the Tiguan, it will be sold with either front- or all-wheel drive and an optional dual-clutch DSG transmission. But, unlike its German sibling, the Ateca won’t cross the pond to the U.S., where Seat products aren’t available.
Will the Ateca have what it takes to give its Japanese and European rivals a run for their money on the Old Continent? Keep reading to find out.
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