SEAT's first foray into the SUV segment is being shown in France's capital with extra off-road flair.

Spain’s VW Tiguan is getting just about the same rugged treatment as the Leon X-Perience, featuring a slightly beefier body with different bumpers, which are now hosting skid plates to provide additional protection whenever tackling bumpy roads. The body is wearing a non-scratch green paint contrasted by the orange side mirror caps and the chromed roof rails, while the black wheel arch mouldings and bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels further set it apart from the regular Ateca.

As it’s the case with the aforementioned Leon X-Perience, the SUV comes with a permanent all-wheel-drive system to make it a worthy companion regardless of the type of terrain. Seat calls the showcar in Paris a concept, but most likely the production version is going to look virtually the same once it will go on sale next year.

Seat Ateca X-Perience concept
Seat Ateca X-Perience concept
Seat Ateca X-Perience concept
Seat Ateca X-Perience concept
Seat Ateca X-Perience concept
Seat Ateca X-Perience concept


The one we’re seeing in the attached imagery is powered by the Volkswagen Group’s turbodiesel 2.0-liter with 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 400 Newton-meters (295 pound-feet) of torque channeled to both axles via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Seat is advertising the Ateca as a competent off-roader and that’s why it has fitted the X-Perience with the upgraded 4Drive traction control settings giving drivers the opportunity to select from two additional profiles: snow and off-road. On top of that, the near-production concept has received a hill descent control system, which will take care of braking while driving down a steep hill or on a rough terrain.

Seat already has more than 21,000 orders for the Ateca, so the very possible launch of the X-Perience in 2017 will further boost the model’s success. For those looking for extra performance, a powered-up Cupra derivative is expected to join the Ateca family by the end of next year and might have the beefy 290-hp 2.0-liter turbo inside the Leon Cupra 290 hot hatchback.

2017 will also be the year when Seat is going to introduce its second high-riding model, a subcompact crossover dubbed “Arona” and based on the next-gen Ibiza supermini.

Source: Seat

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