The Ateca name follow Seat’s tradition of naming its cars after locations in its Spanish homeland. Ateca is a town in the north of the country.
The first Seat SUV is envisioned as a rival for the Nissan Qashqai and was described by former Seat boss Jürgen Stackmann as having agile and precise handling. Speaking to Autocar last year, Stackmann said: “We have done a lot of research into why people buy these kinds of vehicles and what our competitors already offer, and these characteristics should help us stand out.”
Power for the Seat SUV could come from the existing Leon family of engines while a hot Cupra version is also being considered.
The new Seat SUV should quickly become a volume model for the brand when it goes on sale, capitalising on the rising demand for crossovers and SUVs in Europe.