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James Attwood, digital editor
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17 September 2018

Seat’s Skoda Kodiaq alternative, the Tarraco, will finally be revealed in full at an event outside Barcelona tomorrow on 18 September, and the seven-seat SUV will be available to order before the end of 2018.

The Tarraco will be revealed in Tarragona - relevant because the SUV takes that town’s Latin name. The name was selected after 146,000 people took part in a public vote between a number of names, all taken from Spanish towns or provinces.

The model completes Seat’s SUV line-up for the time being, joining the smaller Ateca and Arona.

It shares its underpinnings with the similarly sized Kodiaq and is likely to borrow much of that car’s engine range and technology.

Previously, a digital drawing showing the car’s full styling was leaked online through social media. A promotional video was also posted by Seat, revealing the SUV’s front end.



The car's front end design is largely familiar to the brand's SUV family, although the rear features a light bar that's new to Seat.

Seat’s names from Spain

Ronda: Produced from 1982 to 1986, this was the first Seat named after a town in Spain. Ronda is located in a mountainous area of the Málaga region.

Málaga: This saloon, built from 1985 to 1992, took the name of Spain's sixth-largest city.

Marbella: This was a rebadged Fiat Panda, named after a city on the Costa del Sol.

Ibiza: The long-running supermini shares its name with the party-friendly Balearic island.

Córdoba: A bigger version of the Ibiza, named after the historic city in Andalusia.

Toledo: Small family car has the same name as a historic town that's a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Leon: Seat’s family car is named after a large city in the North-West of Spain.

Alhambra: This large MPV gets its name from a large palace in Granada.

Altea: The name of Seat’s discontinued small MPV was taken from a town on the Costa Blanca.

Ateca: The hugely popular SUV was named after a small town with a population of less than 2000 people in the province of Zaragoza.


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1 June 2017
What about Seat Seven? Maybe they should at the same time rethink the brand name. Skoda might work.

1 June 2017
Seat g-ibraltar hahahahaahjajaajajjaajjaajajajs viva rajoy ijuesfrutas!

1 June 2017
bloaty mcbloatface

1 June 2017
Just call it a Skoda Kodiaq as that's what it'll probably be, albeit with a few styling tweaks like the Ateca/Karoq.....

1 June 2017
Lanehogger wrote:

Just call it a Skoda Kodiaq as that's what it'll probably be, .....

Yup, that would get my vote.

And extra points for calling the Ateca, the 8th ( Eight ) best selling car in its segment, hugely popular. We clearly have different ideas of what hugely, or popular, are.

Fake news?

1 June 2017
Seat Kopycat. Seat Costa Del Shopping Center.

1 June 2017
Covfefe. Seat Covfefe

1 June 2017
carmad wrote:

Covfefe. Seat Covfefe

That's the one!

1 June 2017
I tried "UrbanAssaultVehicle" as an apt description of these large SUVs, but it wouldn't let me.

I then tried "Benidorm" as the clientele who buys such vehicles, but it wouldn't let me.

So I don't know. The above suggestion of "Bloaty McBloatface" seems apt for a large SUV.

1 June 2017
It is after all a Skoda Kodiaq, but being a SEAT it's name should end with and 'a'. So SEAT Kodiaqa it is.


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