Seat Confirms Larger Seven-Seat SUV For 2018

Seat will launch a new larger SUV model to sit above the Ateca in 2018, offered in both five- and seven-seat versions.

The news were confirmed by Seat’s president Luca de Meo at the company’s annual media conference.

The new larger SUV model will come after the compact Ibiza-based Arona SUV which is set for a full reveal during the second half of the year and is going to be produced at the company’s Martorell factory.

Seat plans to produce their new large SUV at the VW plant in Wolfsburg and will be based on the MQB A2 platform, just like the Ateca and the similarly-sized Skoda Kodiaq.

“This car will bring new customers to us, will boost brand image and will have a very big effect on our ability to generate margins,” said Luca de Meo, Seat’s President. “It will be designed in Barcelona and made in Germany. Producing the new SUV in Wolfsburg, in the heart of the Group, will reinforce the ties between Seat and Volkswagen”.

Although we don’t have any official information on the available powertrains yet, it’s safe to assume that Seat’s new SUV will use the familiar TSI petrol and TDI diesel units, with all-wheel drive and the dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox offered as an option.

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  • Miknik

    So a Skoda Kodiaq with a Seat badge? How exciting is that. We already know the Yeti II will be a Seat Ateca with a Skoda badge (and in India, a Tiguan with a Skdoa badge, for reasons the VAG HQ surely understands)

    • Sébastien

      There’s still some specifics to each brand:
      Seat is cheaper, but also can get sportier (and more powerful than Skodas)
      VW is all about the image (and few extra technologies).

      • Miknik

        This was true in the early 2000s (when I really liked the SEATs), but nowadays, Seat and Skoda mostly share their designs, and if not, their design language, and, apart from the Leon Cupra, no Seat is “sportier” than their Skoda counterpart. Mind you, the division between both and V isn#t clear either, it seems that at least one of the brands is not really needed anymore…..

        • Sébastien

          Well Cupra is far ahead of the Skoda RS.
          Octavia didn’t get AWD with more than 180hp, Leon got 300 !!
          Skodas are more spacious, but Seat are cheaper.
          (not to mention the latest design of the Octavia will let Seat shine)

          It’s all about brand image and budget.

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