Seat’s new Arona compact SUV here late this year

The all-new Seat Arona will make its public debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September and will go on sale here in November. It’s a compact SUV that slots in to the AO compact crossover segment, which is the fastest growing segment in Ireland.

The all-new Arona is the Spanish brand's third new model this year, following on from the the upgraded Leon and the all-new Ibiza. It’s a busy time for the brand with the Ateca SUV and the other larger sized SUV to be released in 2018.

Seat says that 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 that the Arona is elegant, spacious, practical and comfortable. It also claims that this combines with applied safety and connectivity technology that is only seen in higher segments of the market, plus a huge amount of personalisation options.

The Spanish carmaker says that the key for the major improvement in roominess and dynamic behaviour is the latest technology from the Volkswagen Group, the MQB platform.

Like the Leon, Ateca and Ibiza, the all-new Arona offers S, SE, FR and Xcellence trims. It says that the triangular headlights and excellent luminance make the new Arona instantly recognisable. And at the back the tail lamps are also LED and they provide extra visual width thanks to their double tail lamps.

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 to choose from, all with an aluminium block. The first is the 3-cylinder, 95 PS 1.0 TSI, which is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. Next, the similar engine but in a 115 PS version, which comes with a six-speed manual gearbox or the dual-clutch seven-speed DSG transmission. The third is the new four-cylinder, 150 PS 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 115 PS. The 95 PS version can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed DSG, and the 115 PS with a six-speed gearbox.

More on the Seat Arona around the launch here before the year end.

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