The Seat Ateca was introduced a few days ago and the company is already considering a high-performance Cupra variant.
Speaking to Auto Express, Seat Chairman Luca de Meo confirmed the company is currently discussing the model. The executive declined to say how favorable the discussions have been but noted "We can do a lot of things, but we have to make one solid step after the other.” This likely means the high-performance crossover won't be approved for production unless the company can build a suitable business case.
The Ateca is set to go on sale this summer and will be offered with two different petrol engines including a 1.0-liter TSI with 113 horsepower and a 1.4-liter TSI that develops 148. Diesel fans will be able to select between a 1.6-liter TDI with 113 hp and a 2.0-liter TDI that has outputs of 148 hp and 187 hp.
The aforementioned engines are nothing to sneeze at but there's definitely some room for improvement. Considering the Ateca is largely identical to the Volkswagen Tiguan, a Cupra variant could be equipped with a 2.0-liter BiTDI engine that produces 237 hp. This would reportedly enable the crossover to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in less than seven seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 140 mph.
Source: Auto Express