Seat has expanded the range of its seven-seat Tarraco SUV with the addition of a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, the first in the brand’s history.
The new electrified powertrain, which until now could only be found in concepts like the Cupra Formentor, is now present under the bonnet of the Tarraco, producing a combined 241hp (245PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque. The plug-in hybrid system combines a 147hp 1.4-liter TSI engine with a 114hp electric motor.
With the help of a 13kWh battery pack, the new Seat Tarraco PHEV is capable of driving for more than 31 miles (50km) on electric power alone while CO2 emissions are expected to be less than 50g/km on the latest WLTP cycle. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 7.4 seconds while top speed is rated at 135mph (217km/h).
Seat’s first plug-in hybrid model will be followed by five more electric and plug-in hybrid models under the Seat and Cupra brands, models that are set to launch by early 2021. “The Tarraco will be one of the few options with a plug-in hybrid powertrain on the large SUV segment, and we believe that it has a great potential,” said Luca de Meo, President of Seat.
Together with the new powertrain, Seat is also introducing a sporty FR trim for the Tarraco range; the exterior is now more aggressive, thanks to features like the wider wheel arches, FR-specific 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and a front FR grille. The color of the display car is also new, called Fura Grey.
The interior has been enhanced with a new 9.2-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment, electric sports bucket seats, a new steering wheel and plenty of FR badges throughout. Seat will be offering new optional extras as well, including Trailer Assist and Parking Heater.
The new 2020 Seat Tarraco FR PHEV will celebrate its public premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, with production to start next year.