Friday, 1 April 2016

Introducing the SEAT Ateca SUV

Prices and specification now available for the SEAT Ateca range

After making its world debut at the Geneva Motor show in March, full UK pricing and specification for the Ateca has now been confirmed.  You can order the first ever SUV for SEAT from 3rd May 2016.

The Ateca will be available in three different trim levels; the S, SE and XCELLENCE.

The entry level trim S has all the essential kit and more you would expect from SEAT. The classy interior includes; air conditioning, five-inch touch media system with USB and SD connectivity, leather steering wheel and gear knob plus split-folding rear seats with reclining function. On the outside, Ateca’s stylish lines are complemented by 16-inch ‘Design’ alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. An array of safety aids and systems come as standard on every Ateca, including Front Assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian protection, plus tiredness recognition.

Moving on to SE, this trim brings you with an array of comfort, convenience and styling features. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors and rear park sensors as standard. The technology on board will not disappoint, included is Full Link technology, an upgraded infotainment system in the form of Media System Plus with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, voice control and Bluetooth/hands-free system. Finally, not forgetting the USB-AUX port and SD card slot come as standard of the SE trim. Externally the SE includes 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels, LED taillights and black roof rails.

Rounding of the trim levels is the ‘XCELLENCE’, the flagship trim includes an array of premium features including four new innovations for SEAT. First being a connectivity hub that allows you to charge your phone wirelessly and boots in-car phone signal. A multi-colour interior ambient lighting with LED interior illumination with a choice of eight colours. Never seen before feature for SEAT, comes an ‘ATECA’ welcome light which is projected onto the ground form the bottom of the door mirrors. Finally, SEAT driver profile with driving experience selector. This latest evolution from SEAT allows the driver to adjust Ateca’s set up (steering, throttle response and gear change speeds) according to road and weather conditions or personal preferences which include off-road and snow models on four-wheel drive versions.

Technology just continues to grow on the XCELLENCE trim with the Convenience Pack.  Auto lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and automatic coming home and leaving home lights function. Keyless Entry and go and navigation system (3D map display, high resolution display, two SD card slots and DAB digital radio). To make this trim even more impressive, black leather upholstery, rear view camera and winter pack (incorporating heated front seats and headlight washer system).

Moving to the exterior, the XCELLENCE trim boasts 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and window surrounds, as well as chrome double exhaust pipes and aluminium roof rails. Full LED headlights and dark tinted rear windows complete the premium look for the new Ateca.

Comfort, convenience, style and technology options
Every Ateca comes with an enviable list of standard equipment, for those seeking even more comforts there’s plenty of options. Some of the most noteworthy are its technology highlights, several of them making a debut on SEAT’s latest model.

The innovative electric tailgate with virtual pedal, for both opening and closing. Another convenience feature includes a top view camera offering a 360-degree view to assist with parking and manoeuvring. Lane assist is available as part of a driving assistance pack with high beam assist, while blind spot detection, complete with the new rear cross traffic alert.

Several convenience features likely to catch the eye include a double boot floor, park assist and again the first for SEAT – a heated windscreen.  For added style choose the optional panoramic sunroom and 19-inch ‘Exclusive’ machined alloy wheels.

An array of safety aids and systems come as standard on every Ateca, including Front Assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian protection, plus tiredness recognition. Safety features across the range include ASR traction control, ESC, electronic differential lock (XDS), seven air bags, hill hold control and finally tyre pressure monitor system.

The Ateca has gave the SUV market a shake up with it’s very responsible start price of £17,990 under cutting several SUV manufactures, including the Nissan Qashqai by over £500 and the Ford Kuga by an impressive £2,000.

The new SEAT Ateca is available with a wide range of engines, including a frugal 1.6TDI capable of 65.7mpg, as well as several engines which achieve over 150PS. A total of five engines feature in total, comprised of two petrol and three diesels, with power ranging from 115PS to 190PS which include six-speed manual or seven speed- DSG auto transmissions.

A three-cylinder 1.0TSI 115PS is available on the S and SE, which the 1.6TDI 115PS features on the S and SE models. Upping the power to 150PS brings both the 1.4 Eco-TSI with active cylinder shutdown, as well as the highly regarded 2.0DI both of which feature across the SE and XCELLENCE trims. The 2.0TDI 190, is exclusively available on the XCELLENCE and comes with DSG and 4Drive (SEATS four-wheel drive system). 4Drive is also available as an option with the 2.0TDI 150.

Success in Europe
In several key European markets which include, France and Germany, where ordering for the Ateca has already opened is proving a huge hit even before customers have got behind the wheel. In the UK alone, media pundits have already begun heaping the praise. Auto express magazine hailed Ateca as an ‘impressive piece of kit’, while the Daily Telegraph hyped it up further with “in September, SEAT dealers will be very busy indeed.”

Source: SEAT UK 

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