New SEAT Arona Wants a Piece of The Mid-Size SUV Pie
|   Tuesday, July 25, 2017
SEAT's youngest creation was presented at Barcelona, and comes into the world as a direct rival for the Renault Captur, Juke, and more recently, Hyundai Kona. It is the first small class SUV to the Spanish manufacturer's name.

With a length of 4,138 mm, a width of 1,735 mm and a height of 1,543 mm, Arona is only 8 cm longer than the new compact Ibiza and 10 cm taller than it. Arona is based on the modular platform MQB-A0, reserved by the Volkswagen group for small class models on which the Audi Q2 is built and the Volkswagen T-Cross is to be built.


The small SUV takes over the design from its bigger brother Ateca and comes with LED headlamps with an identical configuration. In standard configuration, Arona has 16-inch wheels, with larger optional 18-inch rims also available. Like Renault Captur and Hyundai Kona, the Spaniards give customers the option to check different bodywork and ceiling colors, with no fewer than 68 possible combinations.

Produced in Spain at Martorell, the small class SUV will reach showrooms in November with four levels of equipment: Reference, Style, FR and Xcellence.
The FR version has an adaptive suspension as standard, and allows the driver to choose between four running modes, which modify the engine response, shock absorbers and transmission: Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.

Regarding the motorization, we don't get any surprises. In the gasoline section, the car can be ordered in two versions: a three-cylinder TSI turbocharged engine with a 1.0 liter displacement with either 95 hp or 115 horsepower, connected to a manual gearbox in six steps, or a seven-speed DSG.

There is also a larger, four-cylinder TSI engine with a 1.5-liter displacement with 150 horsepower, which will be part of the luxury version of the model.
If you are interested in diesel versions, SEAT sells Arona with the well-known 1.6-liter TDI engine that can produce 95 or 115 horsepower. Moreover, the Spanish manufacturer plans for next year a 1.0 liter TGI engine that produces 90 horsepower and can be powered by LPG.

Like the Ibiza model, the new Arona benefits from the latest infotainment system created by the manufacturer, which supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Optionally, you can also have a Beats Audio system with six speakers and a subwoofer, which reaches 300 watts of power.

Among the ”goodies” that come equipped on the model, we have two zone climate control system, ambient interior lights, and LED headlights and taillights.
The car will be officially presented before being released for sale at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. According to the Spanish manufacturer, the year 2018 will bring another SUV model to the middle class, with seven seats, basically a brother for the Skoda Kodiaq.

As a final note, the parent company, Volkswagen, is preparing for launch an equivalent version of the Arona, a subcompact crossover model, based on VW Polo, expected on the market near the end of 2018.
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