SEAT says the future design direction of its new models has been unveiled as the wraps come off the all-new Tarraco. The large SUV – named after the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, a historic cultural centre – completes the Barcelona-based manufacturer’s SUV range.
The latest vehicle designed and developed at the facilities of SEAT in Martorell (Barcelona) and produced in Wolfsburg (Germany), marks the third instalment in the company’s SUV product offensive and, according to the company, shows a glimpse of the future design language of new SEAT models. Tarraco is the new flagship model of the brand and will, the company believes, bring new customers, boost brand image and have an important effect on profits, as this is a model with high contribution margins.]
“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 President of SEAT, Luca de Meo, “It completes our family of SUVs, to suit every customer’s need”.
Two petrol variants will be available: a four-cylinder 1.5 litre TSI unit linked to a six-speed manual transmission powering the front wheels, and a 2.0 litre offering mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Drive total traction system. There are two diesel options, both 2.0 litre TDIs, with power outputs of 148 bhp and 187 bhp respectively. The 148 bhp 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, the SEAT Tarraco will also benefit from alternative powertrain technologies.
Pre-sales of the SEAT Tarraco will start in December.