Seat's off-roading variant of its new Ateca SUV has been revealed at the Paris motor show
Jimi Beckwith
29 September 2016

The Seat Ateca X-Perience has made its public debut at the Paris motor show.

The four-wheel-drive range-topper is the off-roading version of the Spanish firm's recently launched compact SUV, which is set to go on sale next year. 

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Seat has equipped the exterior of the Ateca X-Perience with exclusive 18in wheels and high-profile tyres, black wheel arch trim, metallic trim on the lower areas of the doors and green scratch-resistant paint with orange highlights. There are also rear bumper-mounted mud flaps, chromed roof rails and more rugged lower bumpers both front and rear. 

Under the bonnet is the 190bhp, 295lb ft 2.0-litre TDI engine, which is coupled to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a Haldex clutch and four-wheel drive system that splits the torque between the front and rear wheels, a set-up that's similar to that of the top-spec Ateca Xcellence. Like other serious off-road SUVs, the Ateca is equipped with hill descent control. 

Inside, the colour scheme matches the exterior, with the use of green and orange highlights along with brown trim. Suede leather sports seats, a revised gear lever and rubber floor mats feature, while underneath a sump guard protects the car from off-road obstacles. 

The X-Perience name is given to all of Seat's more rugged models, such as the Leon X-Perience, although it's not yet known if more models will be added to the all-terrain sub-brand. 

Seat couldn't say how many Atecas are expected to be sold in X-Perience form, but it expects around 17% of all Ateca sales to be of models equipped with four-wheel drive. So far, the current range-topping Ateca Excellence represents 66% of sales, and it's expected that the X-Perience will have a similar level of specification to Xcellence trim. 

Despite the car's current concept labelling, the Ateca X-Perience is expected to go on sale at the top of the Ateca range, priced at around £1000 over the range-topping Xcellence trim, which starts at £23,905 when equipped with the 1.4 TSI engine.

Matthias Rabe, Seat's research and development vice president, said: “The X-Perience is an exercise to show the Ateca family’s possibilities and potential in the future.” 

With the Ateca X-Perience we can go beyond that which we already have in the series. It’s for the customer that wants to go further, taking it to the extreme, for weekend adventures and, of course, off-road.”

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22 September 2016
Those wheels don't look suited to off road use. Easy to scratch and get clogged with mud.

22 September 2016
I like how the off road variant of an 'off-roader' is now a separate product

22 September 2016
Yes, we live in strange times :-)


22 September 2016
....for a SEAT!
I am sure it will do well and probably end up being SEAT's top selling model.
Agree the wheels are tarty and impractical for any non tarmac use - polished finish alloys simply cant take countryside use. And the flashy orange brake callipers look appalling.
I wish SEAT wouldn't resort to tacky 'Halfords type' add-on's in an effort to differentiate themselves, its a good effort otherwise.

22 September 2016
Glad to see another manufacturer producing a model that will actually go off road. As others have said the wheels are a little too fancy for the muddy stuff, but good on them hope it sells for Seat. I get the feeling this could end up like the Exeo & have the rug pulled from under it as it's hurting VW/Audi sales. But time will tell.


22 September 2016
Another day and another Ateca story what will we get next .... hopefully not a picture of the number 2 coloured interior if the Leon is anything to go by it will look smashing for families with chocolate smearing hands and smokers so they can blend into the overall blandness !
No auto emotion here more possible motion on the trim !

22 September 2016
I said in another post that I find the Ateca very dull, but this I like a lot more. It is what the standard car should look like

24 September 2016
It's a 1.5x scaled Ibiza?

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