Kiwi prices for new Ateca SUV re­vealed

Kapiti Observer - - MOTORING -

New but strangely fa­mil­iar SUV will be launched in NZ in Septem­ber.

Want a Volk­swa­gen Tiguan that’s not ex­actly the same as the neigh­bours’? Wish your Skoda Ko­diaq was a bit more Span­ish?

You prob­a­bly need the Seat Ateca, a new SUV that’s be­ing launched in New Zealand from Septem­ber.

Seat is the Span­ish arm of the Volk­swa­gen Group and the Ateca is based on the same plat­form as the latest-gen­er­a­tion Tiguan and Ko­diaq mod­els.

Seat NZ has an­nounced more de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tion and pric­ing for its Ateca range. It will fea­ture three spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els and three en­gines across four mod­els.

There will be a 110kW petrol engine avail­able in Style and Xcel­lence spec­i­fi­ca­tion; a 140kW diesel with 4Drive also avail­able in Xcel­lence spec­i­fi­ca­tion; and a 140kW petrol engine with 4Drive in FR spec­i­fi­ca­tion. All mod­els will be stan­dard with 7-speed DSG gear­boxes.

Ateca car­ries a five-star safety rating from EuroNCAP and in­cludes items such as front as­sist with City Emer­gency Brak­ing and Pedes­trian Pro­tec­tion, Blind Spot mon­i­tor­ing and a rear view cam­era. The brand’s Full Link sys­tem is stan­dard on all Kiwi mod­els and fea­tures Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto and Mir­rorLink.

The Ateca range will start at $38,900 for the Ateca Style; the Ateca Xcel­lence will be $44,900 with the two 140kW 4Drive mod­els be­ing $52,400 and $52,900 (FR 4Drive and Xcel­lence 4Drive re­spec­tively).

The Xcel­lence and FR spec­i­fi­ca­tions are of a sim­i­lar level – the FR be­ing more sport­ingth­emed. The Xcel­lence and FR in­clude a number of fea­tures over and above the Style spec­i­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol, a top-view cam­era, alarm, key­less en­try, al­can­tara upholstery, full LED head­lights, a hands-free elec­tric tail­gate and 18-inch (Xcel­lence) or 19in (FR) al­loys.

The Ateca is the first of three SUVs that Seat will re­lease in the com­ing two years. A smaller brother to the Ateca, the Arona, will be re­vealed for the first time this month and is due in NZ in the first half of 2018. Then in early 2019, the third SUV will ar­rive – this model will be larger than Ateca and avail­able with the op­tion of seven seats: es­sen­tially’s Seat’s Ko­diaq equiv­a­lent. Seat is cur­rently run­ning a world-wide com­pe­ti­tion to choose the name for this new model. But we’re guess­ing it will start with an "A".

The Ateca Xcel­lence 4Drive will be first up for NZ: on sale from Septem­ber. The full model range will be avail­able by years’ end.

Seat will also have two vari­ants of the Leon hatch­back in NZ. The FR is pow­ered by a 110kW 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine and will be priced from $35,900.

The per­for­mance flag­ship for the Span­ish brand in NZ will be the Leon Cupra, with a 221kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol pow­er­plant. The six-speed man­ual model will cost $55,400, while the six-speed DSG will be priced at $56,900.

The Leon Cupra will be launched along­side the Ateca Xcel­lence 4Drive in Septem­ber. The FR model will fol­low early in 2018.

Seat Ateca SUV is based on same plat­form as VW Tiguan; it’s shorter and sportier, though.

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