Spanish car maker SEAT has unveiled its latest SUV model – the Arona.
The Arona joins the Ateca in the manufacturer’s relatively new SUV sector and is branded as a compact crossover for the city.
Modelled on VW Group’s new A0 MQB modular chassis, the Arona has similar dimensions to the Ibiza hatchback
, but due to its crossover stance is 79mm longer and 99mm taller, which improves interior passenger and storage space. At just over four metres long, the Arona is quite a small car – which makes it perfect for the city – but also has a higher ground clearance to allow for off-roading.
SEAT also fits plenty of safety and driving assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, multi-collision braking, rear parking camera, tiredness recognition system and front assist. Technological additions include the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a connectivity hub with wireless charging and signal amplifier for mobile devices.
The Arona will come with four trim levels – Reference, Style, FR and XCELLENCE – which will offer customers plenty of choice in terms of style, especially with the two-tone bodywork. The sportiest version – the FR – will come with dual-mode suspension and Seat’s Drive Profile system so you can choose from four driving modes to suit your style – Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.
The new model will come with a selection of three power units in five states of tune from launch, including a three-cylinder petrol with two output options, a sporty four-cylinder unit with 147bhp and a 1.6-litre diesel unit with 93bhp and 113bhp versions.
Executive vice-president for Research and Development, Dr Matthias Rabe, said: “We’re certain that the new SEAT Arona is the perfect answer to the current demands of our customers, in terms of dynamic behaviour, comfort, safety and state-of-the-art technology. We are once again setting new standards in the segment.”
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