Seat Reportedly Resurrecting Marbella Name On Small SUV

After announcing a sub-Ateca SUV last week, Seat will continue their foray into the segment with an even smaller vehicle.

According to Automarket, the brand’s third SUV will share the same platform with the VW Group’s city car trio: VW Up!, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii, and may bring back the Marbella moniker, which was previously used throughout the ’80s and ’90s on Seats’s Fiat Panda-based hatch, succeeded by the Arosa.

Seat is said to launch the new Marbella with a choice of petrol powertrains and an all-electric motor. The electric model will have a driving range of up to 200 km (124 miles) and will be available only through a lease-like system, with the automaker’s dealers accepting an initial deposit and monthly payments that will cover maintenance and insurance. As Seat continues to improve the batteries, owners will be given the choice to trade their car with a new one, at the end of the contract, while the old vehicle will be re-rented.

In addition to the Marbella story, the same report says that this year’s edition of the Paris Motor Show will host the debut of a new generation Seat Ibiza, which will be underpinned by the MQB platform. The supermini’s design will mirror that of the Ateca and will go on sale in a year’s time. In 2017, the Spanish brand will also roll out a facelifted version of the Leon and the vehicle family is expected to count two more versions of the recently launched Ateca: the sportier FR and a more rugged X-Perience, with plastic body cladding.

Note: Seat 20v20 Concept pictured

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  • haudit

    GOOD NEWS!!!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yes a cheap and nasty version of an 80’s Fiat product.
      Think about that for a moment.

      • fabri99

        Well, the also Fiat-based Lada Riva was worse.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Actually neither of those were bad as off-roaders though the ownership proposition may have left much to be desired.

      • Zed68

        Lol… you can’t be cheaper and nastier than the original.

        • Obsequious Lickspittle

          You’d think that, wouldn’t you.
          Imagine having to try and sell them! Price was the only winner.

    • supermanuel

      Those were the days 🙂

    • Zed68

      A friend of mine had one… it was a fun little car (and not worse than a Fiat Panda)

  • kello3000

    Not considering that the original Marbella was a badge engineered Fiat, Seat Marbella is actually a quite fitting name for a small, possibly quite stylish SUV.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      That badge wasn’t engineered. It was barely glued on.

      • Six Thousand Times

        List of badges that aren’t? Go!

        • Obsequious Lickspittle

          *whooosh*

          • Six Thousand Times

            Not really, it just wasn’t all that funny…I kid – because I love.

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Thanks for the advice.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Aww, c’mon, don’t be that way. 😉

  • oscar bcn

    Here in Spain and Cataluña, still there are a lot of it in small villages and in the country. It is a good option for unanpaved paths and it runs better than any other current suv !!!!

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