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New SEAT Ateca facelift arrives with styling borrowed from the Tarraco

The facelifted SEAT Ateca SUV has been revealed, featuring a handful styling tweaks and some fresh technology

SEAT has launched a facelifted version of the Ateca. The updated SUV features a range of mechanical and technology revisions, as well as some design features lifted from its larger sibling, the Tarraco. SEAT hopes these updates will keep the Ateca competitive with rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008.

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The revised SEAT Ateca will go on sale in the UK in July, with first deliveries expected to arrive in August. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but they should remain similar to those of the outgoing model, starting from around £23,000 for the entry-level SE variant and climbing to roughly £37,000 for the range-topping Xcellence Lux model. 

Cosmetic revisions over the previous Ateca model include a revised radiator grille, new LED headlamps and a pair of redesigned fog lamps. Design tweaks for the front air intakes, skid plate and bumper also feature. SEAT has added the same creases into the Ateca’s bonnet as are found on the new Leon hatchback and the larger Tarraco SUV, establishing a further visual connection between its new family-sized models.

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At the rear, there’s a new bumper, spoiler and undertray, as well a fresh pair of LED tail lights. The lighting units share a similar design to the Tarraco’s and feature scrolling indicators on the FR and Xperience trim-levels. Finally, the Ateca’s block-capital badge design has been swapped for the same hand-written script found on the rear of the new Leon.

SEAT has also adjusted the Ateca’s trim-levels. The old car’s SE, SE Technology, FR and FR Sport trim levels have been transferred onto the facelifted model wholesale – but SEAT’s comfort-focussed flagship Xcellence model has been renamed “Xperience.” 

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Inside, the facelifted Ateca gets a new leather steering wheel, updated door cards and a choice of new upholstery designs in fabric, microsuede or leather. FR Sport models and above get a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle as standard, while the new Xperience variant is fitted with a heated windscreen.

There’s also an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a pair of new USB-C ports, a multi-colour ambient lighting system and voice recognition. Buyers get an 8.25-inch infotainment system as standard – although SE Technology models and above receive a larger 9.2-inch central screen.

SEAT Ateca engine range

Ateca buyers have a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol range opens with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, available in either 108bhp or 113bhp outputs. The former engine is a slightly more efficient version of the latter, featuring a range of fueling and management revisions which SEAT says can improve economy by up to 10 per cent.

Above that sits a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available as an optional extra.

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The most powerful petrol model features a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with an output of 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. Unlike the less-powerful variants, it’s only available with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive.

The Ateca’s pair of diesel engines are both based on the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit – and are offered in either 113bhp or 148bhp outputs. The less powerful model is only available with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, but the more powerful engine can be specced with either a manual or automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. 

Finally, SEAT has improved the Ateca’s safety equipment count, adding front assist, side assist, exit assist and a pre-crash assist system, which pretensions the car’s seat belts, raises the car’s windows and closes the sunroof, should it recognise an imminent accident.

There’s also a new predictive adaptive cruise control system, which uses GPS information and data gathered from the car’s traffic sign recognition camera to automatically adjust the car’s speed depending on the road layout, speed limit and the prevailing traffic conditions.

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

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