A Spanish take on the Czech Skoda Kodiaq set to be built in Germany. It's called globalization.
Introduced in February 2016, the compact Ateca represents the very first SUV in SEAT’s history and will be followed before the end of this year by the subcompact, Ibiza-based Arona. In 2018, Martorell’s SUV portfolio will be extended with the addition of a third model destined to be offered in five- and seven-seat flavors.
Since the factory in Spain is running at full throttle, there isn’t any capacity available to add another model. That is why the new member of the family is actually going to be assembled by Volkswagen at its home in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The midsize model will serve as the brand’s flagship model and is going to have many things in common with the Skoda Kodiaq, but with an entirely different sheet metal. Yet another MQB-based product, the high-riding SEAT was previewed during the company’s annual conference via a series of teasers showing the exterior styling derived from the smaller Ateca.
Although it doesn’t have a name just yet, SEAT’s boss Luca de Meo did hint during the press conference the SUV will get its moniker from a city in Spain.
Technical specifications are not available at this point, but all we have to do is look at the Kodiaq’s specs sheet to get a very accurate image of what’s in tow for the new SEAT model. It will likely be available with both front- and all-wheel-drive layouts like its Czech counterpart. The four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines are going to be hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox or a DSG, depending on the type of powertrain.
It remains to be seen whether the Alhambra MPV will have a future in the company’s lineup following the launch of the midsize SUV. With more and more people deciding to ditch people carriers to go for SUVs, don’t be too surprised if the end is nigh for one of SEAT’s most popular nameplates.