Seat's 2020 update for its family SUV could bring more than one electrified variant as part of brand hybrid and EV rollout
11 July 2019

Seat will revamp its Ateca SUV for 2020, and spy shots of a prototype show what looks like a hybrid variant undergoing testing. 

Due for a revamp to compete with a whole host of recently launched or refreshed SUV rivals, the Ateca has been on sale for over three years now with only modest updates announced this week.

We’re expecting a more significant update for next year to bring it into line with newer models such as the Taracco and soon-to-be-launched Leon. This will include mild styling revisions externally and internally, plus technology and equipment upgrades. 

More significant changes will be made to the engine range. This prototype seems to be sporting some kind of measurement sensors on each wheel - the kind we’ve seen before on prototypes fitted with regenerative braking. Such technology is generally the preserve of a hybrid powertrain, which would fit into the brand’s electrification rollout.

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The 2020 Leon, expected to arrive in production form at the Frankfurt motor show after a delayed debut, will be Seat’s first plug-in hybrid model. It’s likely, then, that the revamped Ateca will soon follow with the same powertrain, offering stronger performance, increased efficiency and the ability to run on all-electric power.

Cleaner diesel engines will join the recently added 1.5 TSI Evo petrol engine, and we can also expect to see 48v mild hybrid technology on certain high-end variants as with other VW Group models. 

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11 July 2019

Front end needs more style, its 'VW dull' even its sister the Karoq is a bit more interesting. I don't like the Seat big 'Superman symbol' badge either, its such an ugly logo it would be better as a more discreet bonnet emblem as it does the grill no favours.

11 July 2019

Why would they add more style to a disguised prototype?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

11 July 2019
xxxx wrote:

Why would they add more style to a disguised prototype?

erm.. I wasn't talking about the disguised prototype obviously as its ermm..disguised?, I was referring to the model in general. If when the wraps come off the disguised prototype / revised model its better looking then good!

11 July 2019

But the Skoda has the better more modern dash and the SEAT badly needs a new dash. 

I don't have a problem with the SEAT badge and never tought of it as ugly. I think badges are better on grills than on bonnets and think all KIA's would look much better if they moved there badge onto there grills.  I think the Ateca would look worse with the badge on the bonnet. 

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