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New Seat Tarraco SUV due here next February

The latest new Seat SUV, the Tarraco is on the way here in February 2019. It will be available in two trim levels, the ‘SE’ and the ‘Xcellence’. No entry-level price is available yet.

The latest vehicle was designed and developed at the Seat factory near Barcelona, and is manufactured in Germany. It will mark the third instalment in the company’s SUV product offensive, and the Spanish carmaker says that it shows a glimpse of the future design language of the new Seat models.

As the new flagship model of the brand, the company believes the Tarraco looks set to bring themnew customers, boost its brand image, and increase profits due to its higher margins.

The new Tarraco is bigger than both the Ateca and Arona, and Seat claims that it mixes state-of-the-art technology, dynamic, agile handling, practicality and functionality with elegant and progressive design.

The new SUV is designed for drivers who need the usefulness of a 5 or 7-seater, and the practicality of a higher driving position, but are conscious of a vehicle’s aesthetics.

As the SUV market continues to expand, Seat says that the Tarraco will play a key role for Seat when it is introduced next February. In Ireland for the year to date, Seat’s current two SUV models, the Arona and Ateca account for 44 per cent of their 2018 total volume of sales.

Two petrol variants will be available: a four-cylinder 1.5 litre TSI unit that produces 150PS and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission powering the front wheels, and a 2.0 litre, 190PS offering mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Drive total traction system.

There will be two diesel options, both 2.0 litre TDIs, with power outputs of 150PS and 190PS respectively. The 150PS variant can be connected to either a front-wheel drive, six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG with 4Drive system. The higher powered version is solely available in 4Drive/seven-speed DSG gearbox. Later on, the Seat says that the Tarraco will also benefit from alternative powertrain technologies.

Niall Phillips, Brand Director at Seat Ireland said: “We are very excited to welcome the Tarraco to Ireland in February of next year. There has never been a greater demand in the Irish market for SUV vehicles and Seat has been satisfying this demand over the past two years through its existing SUV range comprised of the Ateca and Arona, models which have enjoyed remarkable success”.