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Facelifted 2020 SEAT Ateca spied undergoing winter testing

The SEAT Ateca SUV will soon receive a subtle styling update, with a handful of design tweaks lifted from its larger sibling, the Tarraco

Our spy photographers have spotted a facelifted SEAT Ateca mule on the road. Launched in 2016, SEAT’s rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008, to name a few, sits in one of the most competitive car markets on the planet right now, and approaching four years on sale, it’s ripe for a mid-life refresh. 

Cosmetic revisions look to be limited to the camouflaged areas of this test mule. Up front, there’s a larger radiator grille with a slightly new shape, a pair of redesigned fog lamps and air intakes, a tweaked front skid plate and an updated front bumper. SEAT has also added the same creases into the Ateca’s bonnet, found on the new Leon hatchback and the larger Tarraco SUV.

At the rear there’s a new bumper, a fresh tailgate spoiler, a subtly restyled rear hatch, a new undertray and a pair of updated LED tail-lights which share a similar design to the Tarraco’s, but without the full-width light-bar.

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The Ateca is based on the same MQB underpinnings as the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan, so inside we expect it will adopt the infotainment used in the now off-sale facelifted Mk7 Golf, with fresh rotary knobs and touch sensitive buttons in place of the old Ateca’s physical switches.

As for mechanical and engine changes the Ateca already uses the Volkswagen Group’s latest range of engines – including the company’s most recent 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI EVO petrol unit. Electrified powertrains are also unlikely to appear on the Ateca, as it would be too expensive for SEAT to re-engineer the SUV’s body-in-white to accommodate the battery packs and electric motors.

An official launch date for the facelifted SEAT Ateca is to be confirmed, but we expect it’ll go on sale in the UK towards the end of the year. Prices should remain similar to the outgoing Ateca, starting from around £23,000 for the entry-level SE variant and climbing to roughly £37,000 for the flagship Xcellence Lux model.

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

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