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PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Have the SEAT Tarraco in PHEV Form and It Isn’t Half Bad

The SEAT Tarraco is one of the most pleasantly surprising SUVs in the market. It’s offered in a variety of trim options, and it’s more powerful than you’d expect. There’s something upscale about how it looks, too, particularly in the front end where traces of Audi’s design language are evident in the physical profile of the Tarraco. There’s also more good news about SEAT’s big boy SUV as the Spanish automaker is all set to introduce the model’s new FR trim at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, complete with exclusive touches to the exterior, improvements in the interior, and, most importantly, the introduction of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, ushering SEAT into the world of PHEVs. The days of people looking at SEAT as an afterthought automaker are over. If anything, the new Tarraco FR
represents one of the first of many hybrid and all-electric models to proudly wear the “S” badge. That counts for a lot when it comes to SEAT.

PostHeaderIcon Cupra Formentor Concept steals the show at SEAT’s Geneva stand

SEAT’s 2019 Geneva International Motor Show stand was abuzz with activity this year, most of which was focused around a design study premiere, the Cupra Formentor concept. However, it’s not really a concept at all and it actually previews the first Cupra-badged model not to be shared with the SEAT parent brand.

PostHeaderIcon Seat El-Born

SEAT may call the 2019 el-Born a concept, but it really isn’t one. This is essentially what SEAT’s first all-electric city car will look like, both inside and out. It is also closely related to the upcoming production VW ID hatchback, a model previewed by a considerably more far-fetched concept.

The El-Born’s design will pack a bit more punch than the VW, and as with every other SEAT model in comparison to its corresponding VW model, it will exude a sportier, more fun-loving character. The manufacturer says it “fuses the core aspects driving change in the automotive industry: electrification, autonomous driving, shared-mobility, and connectivity,” and that’s actually a pretty good way to describe what it’s meant to do.

In keeping with its aggressive design, the el-Born will offer nearly hot-hatch levels of acceleration, but at the same time, it promises to do well in the main area of concern when it comes to battery-powered electric vehicles: battery pack capacity and the range it can provide. But according to SEAT, el-Born will be right up there with the best of them, even with its range calculated using the new and more accurate WLTP guidelines. It might even offer two sizes of battery pack, just like its VW stablemate.

PostHeaderIcon Seat El-Born

SEAT may call the 2019 el-Born a concept, but it really isn’t one. This is essentially what SEAT’s first all-electric city car will look like, both inside and out. It is also closely related to the upcoming production VW ID hatchback, a model previewed by a considerably more far-fetched concept.

The El-Born’s design will pack a bit more punch than the VW, and as with every other SEAT model in comparison to its corresponding VW model, it will exude a sportier, more fun-loving character. The manufacturer says it “fuses the core aspects driving change in the automotive industry: electrification, autonomous driving, shared-mobility, and connectivity,” and that’s actually a pretty good way to describe what it’s meant to do.

In keeping with its aggressive design, the el-Born will offer nearly hot-hatch levels of acceleration, but at the same time, it promises to do well in the main area of concern when it comes to battery-powered electric vehicles: battery pack capacity and the range it can provide. But according to SEAT, el-Born will be right up there with the best of them, even with its range calculated using the new and more accurate WLTP guidelines. It might even offer two sizes of battery pack, just like its VW stablemate.

PostHeaderIcon SEAT Minimo Concept

Apart from reinventing the wheel with the Cupra Formentor Conceptcrossover, the Spanish have prepared a rather interesting mobility proposition called the Minimo. Although it will appear at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Seat revealed the electric quadricycle Minimo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a few days prior to its Geneva debut.

The Minimo is a two-seat mobility solution that merges the qualities of superminis with the practicality of motorcycles. The Minimo measures 8.2 feet in length – this makes it the same length as the first smart ForTwo. Unlike the smart, however, the Minimo is only 4 feet wide. And, of course, it is electric, with doors that open upwards for even more in-town practicality.

This description sounds a lot like the Renault Twizy. The new Minimo actually does look a lot like the Renault electric quadricycle, but it is filled with new technology, and Seat bosses promise that “this is the solution that car-sharing companies have been waiting for.” Renault announced something similar with the Twizy, but it seems that Seat handled some of the curtailing issues Renault had with its small car. Most notably, Seat designed Minimo’s batteries in such a way so that depleted ones can be simply replaced with charged ones in minutes.

PostHeaderIcon Seat El-Born Unveiled with 260-mile Range Ahead of Geneva

Rumors about Seat working on an all-electric car based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform have become reality ahead of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Meet the El-Born, the company’s first electric vehicle. Although it’s just a concept for now, a production model will arrive in European dealerships in 2020.

PostHeaderIcon SEAT’s First Standalone Electric Car Will Debut in Geneva

Seat is set to unveil its first all-electric car next week at the 89th edition of the Geneva Auto Show. The compact model will be the first non-Volkswagen to be underpinned by the MEB platform that is known to be underneath each and every vehicle part of VW’s I.D. family. In fact, Seat’s EV will be a close relative of the entry-level I.D. Hatchback.

When Volkswagen announced it is developing the global MEB platform, we were told that it will end up as the base for just about any new EV built under the Volkswagen Group’s umbrella. Up until now, we’ve only heard news about Volkswagen’s own plethora of EVs sharing the MEB platform, but Seat will join in soon enough, followed by Skoda who’s working on a crossover that should be similar to the Vision E and Vision iV concepts presented in the past couple of years.

PostHeaderIcon Cupra Formentor Concept

I get some clear Infiniti QX30 vibes with the new Spanish concept called the Cupra Formentor. Prepared for the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Cupra Formentor is officially classified as a concept, but every single thing about it seems as production ready as it gets. Of course, while the exterior shape does have some QX30 vibe to it, the Formentor has a completely different layout, mission, and technology inside. It is a performance SUV/crossover because that’s what sells, and that’s how you build a performance brand nowadays. And, it looks quite dashing. I also researched a bit about its name and found out that there is a thing called the Cap de Formentor. It is basically a part of the peninsula on Mallorca. There, the Spanish built a lighthouse called the Formentor. It’s quite picturesque actually. Old Majorcans also call this place the Meeting Point of Winds. So, there you have it. The new Cupra probably got its name from this. I like it actually. It fits the car. Far more important than its name is the Formentor’s place in the Cupra lineup. With the Cupra Ateca revealed last year, the Formentor is the second Cupra performance SUV. Most likely, it’s longer, wider, but lower than the Cupra Ateca. And, that’s what’s important. Plus it does have a swept roof that’s kinda coupeish. That, more often than not, works well.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 SEAT Tarraco SUV Shows up in Paris with Eyes for the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq and 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

SEAT has unveiled its new flagship model, the Tarraco SUV, with up to seven seats and distinctive styling. It’s an important addition to the range, as it moves the new design language forward and takes the brand into a completely new market segment.

PostHeaderIcon 13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

Crossovers are vehicles designed to look like they can go off-road, but really be at their best on the road. Sure, some can do light off-roading, but realistically you won’t want to stray too far from the blacktop or the occasional bumpy gravel backroad.

To this end it’s not trivial to know which of these 4×4-aping high riders are best out on the open (and sometimes twisty) road, since it’s where they will spend most of their time. But don’t go thinking that they are on par with more conventional car shapes, because their higher center of gravity and usually higher mass will affect handling.

Safety is at the top of buyers’ lists these days, but what many don’t think about when browsing lists of cars rated with safety stars is that good, predictable road manners and sharp handling are one of the biggest safety features a car can have, since they allow the driver to avoid crashing in the first place.

And while crossovers may give occupants a feeling of extra safety when they’re on board, their poor road manners bring this into question.

Here’s a list of the 10 best handling high-riding vehicles ever made.

PostHeaderIcon New SEAT Tarraco Rendered in Cupra R Guise

Well it didn’t take long for the internet to come up with a hot version of the fresh-out-of-oven SEAT Tarraco. The full-size SUV has been treated here to a Cupra R treatment, usually reserved for the Spanish car maker’s hottest hatchbacks. And it looks rather good. 

This rendering is actually very much relevant. Usually when independent designers go to town on new production cars, they tend to turn them into outlandish creatures with no chance of production. With this SEAT Tarraco Cupra R though, we think they definitely should make it, or at least something like it.There is a whole flock of affordable high-performance SUVs coming out soon, namely the Skoda Kodiaq vRS, and SEAT is going to need more than one player in the field to take them on.

The imaginary SEAT Tarraco Cupra R features bumpers and aero parts, not to mention copper-colored accents, from the latest Leon Cupra R. It gets large air intakes, spoiler lip, sports grille, muscular hood, fender flares, side skirts, and, one would assume, a rear diffuser and tailgate wing. These elements are then complemented with copper-accented wheels larger in size than that of the standard Tarraco. As for how much power something like this should have, well, give the size of the SUV we reckon at least 400 PS is needed to deliver satisfying performance.

Rendering by X-Tomi Design

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 SEAT Tarraco Revealed with 5 and 7-Seat Options

We’ve been through countless teasers for SEAT’s full-size SUV, but it’s finally here. The 2019 SEAT Tarraco is a large family SUV with flexible seating options and a fresh design, complementing the car maker’s utility range. It is also one of the best engineered cars they have ever made. 

It is not just all the vigorous testing that leads us to believe 2019 SEAT Tarraco is a fine product. The SUV also boasts well-thought-out design and interior. Whoever developed this car had a big family and many kids themselves. Built on VW’s MQB platform, the Tarraco is also technologically advanced, what with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), Emergency Call, Pre-crash Assist and Rollover Detection.

2019 SEAT Tarraco launches early next year with a range of good engines. They all benefit from turbocharging and start-stop technology. The range includes a 150 PS 1.5 litre TSI unit with a 6-speed manual; 2.0 litre 190PS petrol unit with 7-speed DCT and 4Drive total traction system; and two 2.0 litre TDI diesels with 150 PS and 190 PS with the latter getting 4Drive/seven-speed DSG gearbox. Interesting colors and a refined interior with a 10.25’’ Digital Cockpit are among other highlights of the Tarraco.






“The SEAT Tarraco is a masterpiece of functionality and flexibility, as it offers the space and flexibility customers expect from a large SUV. It is the sportiest vehicle in the segment from a design point of view and also thanks to the dynamic chassis control, which allows you to tune it to meet your driving needs,”said SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development, Dr. Matthias Rabe.

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PostHeaderIcon New SEAT Tarraco Shows Off its Off-Road Performance

SEAT’s new full-size SUV is gearing up to its big reveal by showing off a bit of its evidently immense offroad abilities. SEAT Tarraco is designed as a family SUV, but it is also equipped with some serious offroad gear which makes it possible for those families to venture way out into the nature on those family trips. 

The offroad test SEAT Tarraco was put through in its pre-launch promo campaign shows the car tackling slopes of up to 70 percent and lateral tilts of up to 85 percent. That is serious stuff. The SUV benefits from a well-engineered all-wheel-drive system and boasts other handy features such as Rollover Assist, which automatically unlocks the doors, turns off the engine and activates an emergency call in the hypothetical case of a rollover. Naturally, there is different drive modes to make the car feel at home on any type of terrain, and you get DCC adaptive suspension to boot.

Stefan Ilijevic, head of Predevelopment for SEAT Tarraco: “the feeling at the wheel of the new SEAT Tarraco is impressive. It’s very dynamic and makes you feel safe at the same time. It handles rocky mountainous terrain with a slope of up to 70% with ease. It has been designed to successfully tackle lateral tilts of 85%. On this kind of terrain it conveys a feeling of sturdiness and safety. All you have to do is turn the driving mode selector dial and you’re ready to drive on pavement. You get the dynamic feeling of a car that can also take you on long journeys.”

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PostHeaderIcon ABT SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Packs 370 PS

As special as the limited edition Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition is the way comes out of the factory, there are ways to make this hot little estate car even better. And the most straight forward of those ways is adding power, as shown here by the ABT SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon.

Whereas the standard car packs 300 horsepower from a 2.0 liter TSI engine, corresponding to the fact that it is limited to 300 units, The hotted-up ABT SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon offers an extra 70 PS. That is a remarkable upgrade by any standards, and especially so because it has been achieved through the magic of electronics. It’s the result of ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit, and what’s more, it ups the torque power from 380 to 460 Nm.

Similar upgrades are available for ABT SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition and other CUPRA models with other engines. There is the 1.4 TSI with now 160 HP (118 kW) instead of originally 122 HP (90 kW) and the 2.0 TDI with 210 HP (154 kW) instead of 184 HP (135 kW). Other cool upgrades available include ABT downpipes, sports stabilizers set, DR and ER-C as well as the new SPORT GR 20 inch wheelswith interesting designs, and the ABT integrated entrance light with its logo for all Leons.

This car is now worthy of the title ABT has given it. They call is the “LEON KING!”

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PostHeaderIcon SEAT Arona and Ibiza Get Fully Digital Cockpit

Audi thought they had done something amazing when they launched their Virtual Cockpit with a large screen in place of the tradition instruments and binnacles. But now that feature has become the norm for pretty much all segments.I mean, SEAT announced they are adding a Digital Cockpit to the Arona and Ibiza models. So, go figure.

SEAT’s proposition for a Digital Cockpit includes a 10.25” interactive, customisable display, complemented with a main in-dash touchscreen. The digital binnacle comes as standard in XCELLENCE Lux and FR Sport trim for Arona, Ibiza, Leon and Ateca, and it prides itself for being a pixel-dense unit, with a resolution of 1280 x 480. We did predict in an editorial a while back that cars will soon be judged based on the amount of pixels their screen have rather than their power and performance. And here we are.

In any case, SEAT’s Digital Cockpit provides three main provides three main modes of Classic, Digital and Dynamic. The difference in these modes are about the graphics really, as they all give you the vital information you need about navigation, music, phone, driving data and assistance information. As far as the speed and fuel gauge are concerned, we think the traditional dials work better than all these shining lights. But we have to admit we quite like how this digital dash presents the navigation data. It make the map easier to read and less distracting to use on the road.

“We are fully committed to offering our customers the best quality design, bringing in the precision of a classic gauge into the digital world, where each pixel is designed with the same accuracy”, said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT. “Taking advantage of this disruptive digital environment, our interior car design upgrades to the next level.”

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PostHeaderIcon Official: SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition

There is a new Spanish armada headed for Britain’s shores, but it’s a friendly one this time. The 2019 SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition is a limited edition of just 50 copies for the UK, and it brings to the table a level of style and sophistication not usually associated with SEAT cars. 

Priced at £35,575, SEAT Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition is a pricey little sod, but it is feature-rich. The hot estate car comes with a 2.0 TSI 300PS DSG-auto 4Drive powertrain system that will surely satisfy the needs of every kind of driver in terms of performance. In terms of styling, the car comes with, as the name suggests, carbon fibre side blades and front and rear diffusers. these are complemented with quad exhaust pipes, Monsoon Grey paint job, Brembo brakes, 19-inch black alloy wheels and CUPRA bucket seats. But the real strength of the Leon ST Carbon remains the exclusivity factor, which means it’ll have stronger residual value as well.




Richard Harrison, Managing Director of SEAT UK, said: “Following the success of the special edition CUPRA R, we know that there is demand for limited-run models from customers looking for something truly special. The Leon ST CUPRA Carbon Edition doesn’t only deliver stunning and unique looks, but we believe the enhanced performance and competitive price will be a real draw.

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PostHeaderIcon Seat Leon Cupra Evo 17

Although overshadowed by the Volkswagen Golf, its platform sibling, sales-wise, the Seat Leon has been the more powerful race car in various series around the world. The TCR is one of them, having been set up after Seat designed the Leon Cup Racer, also the car that was used as a template for aerodynamic regulations. The increasingly popular series is still dominated by the Leon, which received an update in 2017.

Renamed the Leon Cupra Evo 17, the Spanish race car is more aggressive than ever. The hatchback sports bigger wheel arches, just like the Volkswagen Golf GTI TRC, a massive rear wing, and the copper highlights we’ve seen on recently unveiled Cupra road models. The Leon will continue to race in the TCR International Series, where it will face competition from Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Volkswagen, and many more carmakers.

Continue reading to learn
more about the Seat Leon Cup Racer Evo 17.

PostHeaderIcon Seat Tarraco

Seat is preparing to launch its third SUV that will go by the name Tarraco and will be the company’s largest SUV yet. Spotted testing on the Nurburgring track in June 2018, the Tarraco shares underpinnings and other components with the midsize Skoda Kodiaq. This means that the Tarraco uses the Volkswagen Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg. Much like the Kodiaq, the Tarraco will go against popular SUVs like the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and even the Volkswagen Tiguan. In case you’re wondering what’s in the Tarraco name, it’s the ancient name of the Spanish city of Tarragona.

PostHeaderIcon Seat Tarraco

Seat is preparing to launch its third SUV that will go by the name Tarraco and will be the company’s largest SUV yet. Spotted testing on the Nurburgring track in June 2018, the Tarraco shares underpinnings and other components with the midsize Skoda Kodiaq. This means that the Tarraco uses the Volkswagen Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg. Much like the Kodiaq, the Tarraco will go against popular SUVs like the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and even the Volkswagen Tiguan. In case you’re wondering what’s in the Tarraco name, it’s the ancient name of the Spanish city of Tarragona.

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