NEWS ➤ New 2019 SEAT Tarraco: Trims and details
By Wayne Gorrett
- SEAT’s third and largest SUV completes the family line-up alongside Arona and Ateca.
- The Tarraco offers five- or seven-seat flexibility.
- Just two trim levels: SE and Xcellence.
- Orders open in December, first deliveries in January, 2019.
The new SEAT Tarraco will be fully revealed at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show and arrive in the UK in January 2019. It’s a large SUV that will sit atop the Spanish manufacturer’s SUV range alongside the Arona and Ateca and compete against other VW Group rivals such as the VW Tiguan (and Tiguan Allspace) and Skoda Kodiaq. Additional sub-premium rivals will include the KIA Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5, Renault Koleos and Ford Edge.
The new SEAT is to be built alongside the Tiguan at Volkswagen’s factory in Wolfsburg, Germany and shares mechanical underpinnings with both the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq, but is around 4cm longer than its direct relatives.
The exterior design of the new SUV is faithful to SEAT’s current styling language, with a bold grille, creased body lines and full LED lighting all round. Inside, the SEAT Tarraco takes a more premium approach than previous SEAT SUVs, with a new dashboard design that features wood trim and a new infotainment screen mounted in a modern tablet-like style. The car also gets a 10.25-inch screen behind the steering wheel in place of traditional dials. For increased customer flexibility, the SEAT Tarraco will be offered with five seats as standard, or with the option of a seven-seat layout.
In the engine department, two four-cylinder petrol units will be offered from launch: a 148hp 1.5-litre and a 187hp 2.0-litre. The former comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, while the latter gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and four-wheel drive.
In addition, a four-pot, 2.0-litre diesel will be offered, again in 148hp or 187hp power outputs; the lesser-powered diesel may be specified with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive or a dual-clutch automatic with four-wheel drive, while the more powerful 187hp engine is confined to an automatic/four-wheel-drive combination. Official performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures have yet to be announced.#