The Seat Arona SUV has been spotted testing again just weeks before its global reveal. The sighting of Seat’s upcoming Nissan Juke rival comes just over a week after images were leaked online, showing its exterior design more clearly than ever.
The images, published by MQB-Coding & Retrofit, showed the car’s front, side and rear profile, with the styling heavily reflection its current Ateca SUV, particularly at the front end.
Seat has confirmed that the Arona, its new Ibiza-based compact crossover SUV, will go on sale in December this year. The covers will be pulled off next month.
Built to rival the likes of the Juke and Renault Captur, the Arona will be built on the same A0 platform as the forthcoming new Ibiza, using the VW Group’s modular MQB architecture.
Like the Ibiza, it is likely to only be available in front-wheel-drive, and will share engines with the hatch. These will include the VW Group’s new 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine developing 148bhp. The range will also include a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel.
It is the last of three new Seat models planned for this year, after an update to the Leon at the start of the year, and the launch of the fifth-generation Ibiza.
The Arona is named after a city on the Spanish island of Tenerife, and also after a town on Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont area of Italy. It will be developed and built at Seat’s Martorell headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.
Seat boss Luca de Meo said: “The Leon, the Ibiza and the new Arona, together with the Ateca, are going to strengthen Seat from a commercial, financial and brand image standpoint. 2017 is going to be a very special year for Seat.” Source: autocar