New Seat SUV to be called Tarraco

Seat Tarraco leak FB

Seat’s new seven-seat SUV will be called Tarraco when it launches later this year.

Based on the same platform as the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the Tarraco will feature a similar range of engines, with turbocharged petrol and diesel motors running through a seven-speed DSG.

Both front wheel drive and all wheel drive will be offered.

In some markets, the new Tarraco will go up against its siblings, and judging by spy photos doing the rounds, it appears to have lifted a lot of the Kodiaq’s mid-body styling.

Of course, a Seat front and rear end will feature, as will Seat’s daytime running light signature, as you can see in the video below.

But a couple of leaked photos (above) which featured on the MQB-Coding Facebook page give us the closest look yet at the Tarraco’s styling. And as you can see from the deeply creased bonnet lines, it fits nicely into the Seat range.

Seat will also have its own touches throughout the interior, but expect the layout to closely mirror the Kodiaq’s.

We’d also love to see the little door protector mechanism making an appearance here, adding to the Tarraco’s practicality.

Engine range

Given the stringent European emissions regulations (Euro 6.2), Seat can’t afford to fit massive engines to its seven seat SUV.

Instead, like the Kodiaq, there will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, as well as a possible 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol four.

Diesel choices would be limited to the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, and the ZF eight-speed auto could even make an appearance. Lesser grades will run a six speed manual transmission.

The 1.4-litre engine will most probably be linked to front wheel drive, while the two larger engines (offered on higher trim grades) will send power to all four wheels.

You can hear a bit of one of the engines in the video below.

The Tarraco name

If you’re wondering where the name comes from, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, and is an ancient name for the Catalan city of Tarragona. History buffs will remind us that it was the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula.

But the name was decided by a public vote, and 51,903 people voted for the name after Seat ran an online poll, asking for a choice between four names.

Release date

Seat hasn’t announced a date for the Tarraco’s launch, but the new SUV is currently finalising its testing phase, meaning a launch is imminent.

We’d bet on a July or August 2018 launch date at this stage.

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