Seat ventured off-road for the first time earlier this year with the launch of its first crossover. But apparently some haven’t found the new Ateca to look rugged enough, so the Spanish automaker is rolling out the new Ateca X-Perience.
Set to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show a week from now, the ruggedized Ateca adopts a similar treatment to the Leon X-Perience. It’s set apart from sleeker versions of the crossover with new bumpers, a sump guard, fog-light shields, black wheel-arch moldings, beefed-up side skirts, scratch-resistant paint, increased ground clearance, and 18-inch wheels with tires better suited towards leaving dry pavement.
It also features chrome roof rails, new spoilers, and mud flaps, and is pictured here in a suitably militaristic shade of matte olive green with orange highlights. The off-road theme continues inside with earthy tones of brown and green, with orange stitching and special sports seats trimmed in suede. And of course the name X-Perience (or the letters XP) are emblazoned both inside and out.
Fortunately the Ateca X-Perience isn’t all sizzle with no steak. It packs a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine driving 190 horsepower to all four wheels though a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Haldex all-wheel drive system. Seat hasn’t indicated pricing or availability for the ruggedized crossover, but promises a product onslaught next year that will see three new models introduced by the end of 2017.