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Hot Seat Ateca Cupra set to hit the roads next year

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Seat Ateca development car spotted again, fuelling rumours that the hot Cupra will arrive soon.

A hot new Seat Ateca Cupra could land next year, bringing with it power of up to 300bhp. The beefed-up SUV has just been spotted out on the road, complete with Cupra wheels, quad-exit exhausts, more aggressive bodywork and large brakes, sparking speculation that 2017 will be its launch year.

Seat has not yet confirmed the existence of the model but there is considerable confidence within the industry that one is on the way and that will share the same 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Leon Cupra, which delivers 286bhp. It is not known if this engine is going to be tuned to offer different performance characteristics, as it has in the Volkswagen Golf R four-wheel-drive, where it can produce 296bhp.

The Seat Ateca Cupra is expected to sprint from zero to 62mph in around 6.5 seconds and the model’s rev counter’s redline is set to be around the 8,000rpm mark.

The standard Ateca

Customers can now buy a standard Ateca and this will be joined in the range by another smaller SUV around this time in 2017. A seven-seater is also on the cards within the next four years. The Ateca is deemed the most likely among the SUV trio to get the Cupra treatment as it should be able to compete in the most highly-contested area of the current SUV market.

It is predicted that the Ateca will become Seat’s best-selling model, whilst a Cupra version with a price tag in the region of £35,000 would be the company’s most expensive. The premium end of the SUV market is evolving quickly but there may be room for Seat to become a leader in the mainstream and the company believes that the Ateca Cupra may have a significant halo effect benefiting the brand as a whole.

No-show at Paris show

It had been suggested that the Ateca Cupra would debut at this year’s Paris motor show but it is believed that Seat abandoned the idea amid fears that the mainstream model would be upstaged by the hot variant. Another reason may be that demand for the Seat Ateca in Europe is already outstripping supply, meaning that there is no immediate need for the brand’s halo vehicle to be launched. Instead, it is thought that the Ateca Cupra will go on sale towards the end of next year.

A popular Seat choice

The standard Ateca crossover has marked a successful deviation for this traditionally ‘sporty’ branch of Volkswagen. The SUV is rivalling the likes of the Skoda Yeti, the VW Tiguan, the Renault Kadjar, the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai in a segment which has seen massive sales increases in recent times.

The Ateca has won over buyers with its combination of high driving position and family car practicality, not to mention price tags starting at just £17,935. The entry-level car is a 1.0-litre front-wheel drive and the cost rises to £29,805 for the 2.0-litre TDI with DSG and four-wheel-drive.

The diesel Ateca’s are a popular choice but a further option is the 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbocharged petrol it shares with the likes of the Skoda Octavia, Audi A3 and VW Golf. The latter is aimed at town users and Seat claims that it can deliver 54.3mpg.

Another selling point for the Seat Ateca is that it offers more boot space than either the Sportage or the Qashqai, although there is not a lot of additional storage around the car and the car’s centre box is particularly petite.

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