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2016 Seat Ateca

2016 Seat Ateca
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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Seat Ateca.

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2019 Cupra Ateca

2019 Cupra Ateca

Fresh from the bowels of the SEAT – Cupra split comes the Cupra Ateca, a rebadged model with the typical tuner enhancements. Highlights include a considerable horsepower increase, mild revisions to the exterior, plenty of Alcantara inside, and a swath of standard features suited for what would have been the range-topping model of the SEAT Ateca range. Of Course, there’s a lot of ground for the Cupra Ateca to cover when you consider the sheer size of the compact SUV Market. Sure, there aren’t a lot of performance compacts out there, but the Cupra Ateca will be fighting for dominance against vehicles like the Porsche Macan, BMW X3, and Jaguar F-Pace, all heavy hitters that could make things for the new kid on the block a little more difficult. So, let’s see what the new Ateca brings to the table and just how well it stacks up against the competition.

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Entering Stage Left: The 296 Horsepower Cupra Ateca

Entering Stage Left: The 296 Horsepower Cupra Ateca

Cupra’s first model, the Cupra Ateca, comes to the market with 296 horsepower, a new seven-speed DSG transmission, all-wheel-drive system, and it even has an Otto Particulate Filter System to combat those pesky emissions. This is the first model from the Cupra brand now that it has split away from SEAT, and it will be followed by models like the Cupra Arona, Cupra TCR race car, and the Cupra Ibiza.

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2016 Seat Ateca X-Perience

2016 Seat Ateca X-Perience

Seat takes a stab at off-roading with the Ateca X-Perience Concept

Seat hasn’t exactly been a big earner for the Volkswagen Group. In fact, it’s really been more like the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Basically, money goes in, but it doesn’t come back out. And, with the SUV and crossover market doing so well, it was no surprise that Seat ventured into previously uncharted territory by producing its first ever SUV, the Seat Ateca. Based on VW’s MQB platform and borrowing some design cues from cars like the 20V20 and Leon Cross Sport Concepts, the Ateca is a pretty nice little people hauler. But, part of owning an SUV or crossover is having the ability to go off-road, and that’s something that the Ateca just doesn’t do all that well. As such, Seat has put together a concept called the Ateca X-Perience that is designed to show off the Ateca’s off-road potential.

Seat’s Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Matthias Rabe, said, “The X-Perience is an exercise to show the Ateca family’s possibilities and potential in the future. We know that with the Ateca, we can go much further and it will be on display at the Paris Motor Show. With the Ateca X-Perience, we can go beyond that which we already have in the series. It’s for the customer that wants to go further, taking it to the extreme, for weekend adventures, and of course, off-road.”

With that said, Seat hasn’t expressed any solid intention of turning this concept into a production model, but it has put a heavy emphasis on its customers wants, so don’t be surprised if the Ateca ends up with a more rugged trim level in the future. This concept is set to show up in Paris, so let’s take a good look at it before it makes its official debut.

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2016 Seat Ateca

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Seat Ateca.

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