SEAT adds new flag­ship to its line-up

Leek Post & Times - - MOTORING NEWS - By CHRIS RUSSON

SPAN­ISH car maker SEAT has taken the wraps of its new Tar­raco seven-seat SUV which will be on the road at the be­gin­ning of next year. Mea­sur­ing 15ft 6ins in length, the new­comer is more than a foot longer than SEAT’S Ateca and will be­come the brand’s new flag­ship.

It comes with high tech­nol­ogy equip­ment in­clud­ing LED light­ing all round and a new-look in­te­rior fea­tur­ing SEAT’S Dig­i­tal Cock­pit which in­cludes a 10.25-inch mul­ti­mode in­stru­ment panel as well as and eight-inch cen­tral dis­play screen.

There will be a choice of four en­gines, two petrol and two diesel and both de­vel­op­ing be­tween 150 and 190ps. The petrol line up com­prises a 1.5-litre TSI en­gine with a six-speed man­ual gear­box and a higher pow­ered 2.0-litre block mated to a seven-speed semi-au­to­matic DSG box.

Two and four-wheel-drive pow­er­trains will be of­fered with the lat­ter avail­able only on the higher pow­ered en­gines.

Per­for­mance data for two-wheel drive mod­els is a top speed of 125mph with a 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion time of 9.8 sec­onds while the 4x4 has a sim­i­lar sprint time with a max­i­mum of 123mph. The higher pow­ered diesel Tar­raco is even quicker with a 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion of eight sec­onds and a top end of 130mph.

Fuel econ­omy fig­ures have yet to be an­nounced. Safety fea­tures in­clude a frontal de­tec­tion sys­tem as well as lane de­par­ture con­trol while blind spot recog­ni­tion and adap­tive cruise con­trol are also avail­able as is a sur­round-view cam­era and au­to­matic park­ing.

As for con­nec­tiv­ity, the Tar­raco is fully smart­phone com­pat­i­ble and has wire­less charg­ing while a Beats au­dio sys­tem is an op­tion.

The Tar­raco – to be built at Wolfs­burg in Ger­many at par­ent com­pany VW’S fac­tory - is SEAT’S third SUV af­ter the Arona and Ateca and will sit at the top of the range when it ar­rives early in 2019.

“SEAT is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its big­gest prod­uct of­fen­sive in re­cent times.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the SEAT Tar­raco, our very first large SUV, forms part of our €3.3 bil­lion in­vest­ment be­tween 2015 and 2019 in the com­pany’s fu­ture and the range of ve­hi­cles we of­fer,” said SEAT pres­i­dent Luca de Meo. “It not only com­pletes our fam­ily of SUVS, but brings a new vigour to the seg­ment and will help bring new cus­tomers to the SEAT fam­ily.”

The Seat Tar­raco.

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