New Arona sits neatly in Seat’s SUV range

The new Seat Arona.

The new Seat Arona.

The new Seat Arona will go on sale here in November with a starting price of €17,995 for the entry-level 1.0TSi 95hp S model.

The Arona is Seat’s first model in the A0 compact crossover segment, which is the fastest growing segment in Ireland.

The Arona is the brand's third new model release in 2017, and follows the upgraded Leon and the new Ibiza. It is yet another addition to the range in Seat's biggest product offensive, which also includes the Ateca and the upcoming large seven-seater size SUV that will be released in late 2018.

Seat says the new Arona sits neatly within the SUV range as the younger brother in the family, and it combines the advantages of its compact dimensions in the city with its crossover attributes to get out of the city and go even further.

It adds the new Arona has all of the driving assistance and infotainment systems people know and love from other Seat models.

In terms of connectivity, the Arona features Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link. And in the sound department, it features optional BeatsAudio with six premium speakers, a 300W eight-channel amplifier, and a subwoofer in the boot.

Like other models in the range, it offers S, SE, FR & Xcellence trims. The dual-coloured (red and white ) ambient indoor LED light and dual-zone climate control with an aircare filter are also available on the Arona, while at the front of the car, the triangular headlights with its attractive colour and excellent luminance make the new Arona instantly recognisable.

Seat Ireland says to simplify the process of outfitting the new Arona, the optional equipment is grouped into packages.

Strength nowadays lies in efficiency and reliability. All of the engines available in the new Arona range have direct injection, a turbocharger, and feature an automatic stop and start system.

There are three different petrol engines, all with an aluminium block. The first is the three-cylinder, 95PS 1.0 TSI, which is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. Also available is this same engine but in a 115PS version, which comes with a six-speed manual gearbox or the dual-clutch seven-speed DSG transmission.

The third is the new four-cylinder, 150PS TSI with active cylinder disconnection technology, which is exclusive to the FR trim and is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. As for diesel options, the efficient and reliable 1.6 TDI will be available with 95 and 115PS. The 95PS version can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed DSG, and the 115PS with a six-speed gearbox.

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