It’s been long overdue, but SEAT is finally ready to play in the SUV game with its brand new Ateca.

The sharp design lines of the Leon hatchback have made a nice transition to a high-riding model as the Ateca features a stylish design and looks smart when equipped with the optional LED headlights. It gets the usual crossover cues like the plastic body cladding and faux skid plates while the roof-mounted spoiler in the back adds some sportiness.

Spain’s VW Tiguan has a familiar interior design that closely echoes the Leon and uses an eight-inch infotainment screen on the more expensive models. An optional “connectivity box” mounted in the center console will enable drivers to wirelessly charge their smartphones, so charging cables won’t be a hassle anymore.

Being a VAG product, the SEAT Ateca gets a multitude of safety and assistance systems, ranging from blind spot detection and traffic sign recognition to a traffic jam assist system and emergency braking.

On the power front we find a tiny turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with 113 horsepower followed by a beefier 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI. If you would rather have a diesel, SEAT will offer you the possibility of choosing between a 113-hp 1.6 TDI and a larger 2.0 TDI with 148 hp or 187 hp. These engines work with a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch gearbox sending power to the front axle or to an optional all-wheel drive system.

SEAT mentions the Ateca will initially go on sale in Spain and Germany before summer, with the rest of the European countries to follow progressively.

Source: SEAT

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