New SEAT Arona SUV arrives to rival the Nissan Juke

New SEAT Arona SUV arrives to rival the Nissan Juke

0 comments 📅28 June 2017, 04:00

The amazing new 2017 SEAT Arona is based on the Ibiza and uses engines from the new supermini’s sphere

SEAT has doubled its SUV portfolio with the introduction of the all-new Arona. It joins the Ateca in the make’s SUV range, which will grow again next year to include a seven-focus Skoda Kodiaq rival. Prices for the Arona are expected to start from here £15,000 when sales begin in October.

The Arona enters the small SUV market-place that has recently become flush with new arrivals; the Citroen C3 Aircross, Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic have all appeared within weeks of one another. The Nissan Juke and Renault Captur continue to set the benchmark in this supermarket.

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SEAT Arona platform and dimensions

Compr the skin, the Arona is based on the same MQB AO platform as the new Ibiza supermini. It measures 4,138mm large, making it a few millimetres longer than the Nissan and Renault. Against the Ibiza, the newcomer is a more clear 79mm longer. The Arona’s ride height has been raised by 15mm and the firm claims there is 37mm more headroom in the face than in the Ibiza. A 400-litre boot also makes the Arona one of the most everyday cars in its class.

SEAT Arona engine range

Motor and gearbox options are largely adopted from SEAT’s supermini line-up – all are turbocharged units and be experiencing stop/start technology. Three petrol engines are offered from originate: a 95bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder, linked to a five-speed manual box, while a 115bhp model is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG auto. A 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder machine features cylinder deactivation to help reduce fuel consumption, and comes sole with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The only diesel in the Arona is a 1.6-litre mechanism with 95bhp or 115bhp. The lesser-powered unit is paired with a five-precipitateness manual box or a seven-speed DSG, while the 115bhp model gets a six-speed instructions.

UK specs have yet to be finalised, but we can expect the range to mirror the Ibiza line-up, so S, SE, SE Technology, FR and distance-topping Xcellence trims are likely to be offered. SEAT has confirmed dual-modus operandi suspension and its Drive Profile with four modes (Normal, Sport, Eco and Idiosyncratic) will feature on FR editions.

The Arona’s styling uses features from both the Ibiza and Ateca, private and out. The triangular headlamps and sculpted flanks are plucked from the supermini, while the ass lamps and chunky body cladding come from the mid-size SUV.

SEAT Arona technology and customisation options

Customisation also plays a big r, with SEAT claiming there are 68 combinations for the Arona’s lower and majuscule letters body. The roof can be grey, black, orange or body-coloured.

Inside, the car is almost identical to the Ibiza. An eight-inch touchscreen display sits in the halfway point of the dash, while kit includes wireless phone charging. There’s also a reversing camera and sail control.

A raft of safety systems will be available, including Multi-Pile-up braking, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert, which monitors above when reversing.

SEAT says it has invested over 900 million Euros into the phenomenon of the new supermini and small SUV. The Arona will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. 

What do you imagine of the new SEAT Arona? Let us know in the comments section below…


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