2019 Seat Tarraco


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Seat's new seven-seat SUV/

Seat Tarraco

The future design direction of new SEAT models has been unveiled tonight as the wraps have come off the all-new SEAT Tarraco. The large SUV - named after the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, a historic cultural centre with a spirit that is young and adventurous - completes the Barcelona-based manufacturer's SUV range.

The latest vehicle designed and developed at the facilities of SEAT in Martorell (Barcelona) and produced in Wolfsburg (Germany), marks the third instalment in the company's SUV product offensive and shows a glimpse of the future design language of new SEAT models. Tarraco is the new flagship model of the brand and will bring the company new customers, boost brand image and have an important effect on profits, as this is a model with high contribution margins.

SEAT Tarraco sits at the top of SEAT's SUV family, as the bigger brother to both the Ateca and Arona, and mixes state-of-the-art technology, dynamic and agile handling, practicality and functionality with elegant, progressive design. The Tarraco combines the many advantages of its larger dimensions to offer a vehicle that can take on all elements of modern life.

The new SUV blends the key attributes of every vehicle in the SEAT range - design and functionality, sportiness and comfort, accessibility and quality, technology and emotion -but in a form that suits a wider variety of lifestyles. The new SEAT Tarraco is designed for drivers who need the usefulness of a five or seven-seater and the practicality of a higher driving position, but are conscious of a vehicle's aesthetics and appreciate the Tarraco's balance between self-confidence and elegance. That balance is maintained across both available trim levels, SE and Xcellence.

As the SUV market continues to expand, the SEAT Tarraco will play a key role for SEAT when it is introduced at the very beginning of 2019, strengthening the brand and aiding further growth at a time when the company's sales are rising steadily already. Between January and August, SEAT delivered 383,900 vehicles worldwide, an increase of 21.9% over the same period in 2017.

"SEAT is experiencing its biggest product offensive in recent times. The introduction of the SEAT Tarraco, our very first large SUV, forms part of our €3.3 billion investment between 2015 and 2019 in the company's future and the range of vehicles we offer," said President of SEAT, Luca de Meo, "It completes our family of SUVs, to suit every customer's need".


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Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Seat Tarraco flagship ‘to be sportiest’ in class

New Tarraco seven-seat SUV will offer more driver involvement than any of its rivals, claims Seat

Seat is promising its new Tarraco seven-seat SUV will mirror the Ateca by offering a more dynamic drive than class rivals.

The new machine was unveiled by Seat in Tarragona, the modern version of the city that used to be called Tarraco. Positioned as the firm’s new flagship, the Tarraco, which will be offered with five or seven seats, completes its trio of SUVs alongside the Ateca and Arona. It will go on sale at the beginning of 2019, with pre-sales starting in December this year.

"The introduction of the Tarraco forms part of our €3.3 billion [£2.93 billion] investment between 2015 and 2019 in the company’s future and the range of vehicles we offer," said Seat boss Luca de Meo. "It completes our family of SUVs, to suit every customer’s need”.

Seat believes that the Tarraco can help it attract new customers and will considerably boost the firm's profits due to the greater margins possible with a larger SUV.

The Tarraco is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A long-wheelbase platform, which is also used for the VW Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq. Sven Schawe, Seat’s chassis development boss, told Autocar that much of the development focus of the car was tuning the VW Group technology – in particular the Tarraco’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) systems – to offer a more involving driving experience.

“We used the same philosophy as the Ateca: using the latest technology on a proven VW Group platform and trying to offer one step more to the customer,” said Schawe. “We tried to give the Tarraco the Seat character in terms of driving dynamics, reducing the weight you feel when driving it. It fits into the family DNA.”

The Tarraco will be launched with four direct injection turbocharged engines: two petrol and two diesel. The entry-level petrol is a four-cylinder 1.5-litre TSI unit with a six-speed manual gearbox and front- wheel drive. The high-spec 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol comes with a seven-speed automatic and four-wheel drive. Both diesels are 2.0-litre TDIs.

They produce 148bhp (with a choice of front- or four-wheel drive) and 178bhp (with four-wheel drive).

Seat has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version will be launched within the next two years. That model will offer a total powertrain performance of 207bhp and 295lb ft of torque, with an electric-only range of 31 miles and a CO2 output of less than 50g/km.

The DCC system provides a variety of drive modes, including one that automatically adjusts to conditions, while the Tarraco runs on MacPherson front struts and multi-link rear suspension.

A range of driver assistance systems will be available, including lane assist, traffic jam assist, road sign recognition and blind spot detection. It also features pre-crash assist and rollover detection systems.

While the Tarraco completes Seat’s SUV line-up, design boss Alejandro Mesonero said it “gives you a hint” of the firm’s future design direction. The Tarraco features a redesigned front grille, and a revamped version of Seat’s triangular LED headlights and narrow rear LED lights, standard on Xcellence and Style trims. Mesonero added the Tarraco was designed to "give a strong first impression."

The interior design has also been revamped, with a new dashboard style based around a horizontal line effect designed to emphasise the Tarraco's width. It also features 10.25in Digital Cockpit and an optional 8.0in infotainment screen, which has been positioned to give a 'floating' effect. The Tarraco is also the first Seat to feature gesture control technology. The interior also features LED lighting.

The Tarraco is 4735mm long and 1658mm tall and will be available with either five or seven seats. It has a wheelbase of 2.8 metres, with a luggage capacity of up to 760 litres (in five-seat form), which increases to 2000 litres with the rear seats down. It will be built at VW’s Wolfsburg factory. Prices have yet to be disclosed but are expected to start from around £25,000.


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Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Seat Tarraco SE Technology 1.5 TSI Evo 2018 review

Should I buy one?

The Tarraco would be a good choice, but not necessarily a done deal. There’s very tough competition for Seat in this category, and they’re a bit of a latecomer.

Our own experience with the the Tarraco’s close relation at Skoda make us aware of the model’s essential appeal, and Seat adds pizzazz to that. The Barcelona-based marque is expecting strong sales from the Tarraco and shows no fear that this bigger, bulkier, more practical off-roader will dilute the character from which it benefits.

This is a very strong contender in the class, and a little bit livelier than most of them.

Seat Tarraco SE Technology 1.5 TSI Evo specification

Where Spain Price £30,475 On sale February 2019 Engine 1498cc, 4-cylinder, turbocharged petrol Power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm Torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox six-speed manual Kerb weight 1634kg Top speed 131mph 0-62mph 9.7sec Fuel economy 38.7mpg CO2 165g/km Rivals Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe


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