Comes with a new 190-hp engine.

SEAT is introducing the Ateca FR, which will be publicly revealed in Barcelona next month. Think of it not as a full-blown high-performance SUV, but rather as a sporty trim level, positioned below the range-topping XCellence range.

Following the FR recipe closely, the Ateca FR comes with new bumpers, glossy black radiator grille, exclusive LED fog lamps, and FR logos at the front and the rear. The badges can also be found on the roof rails and black window frames. Probably the most stand-out feature is the set of 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/40-profile tyres, while the side skirts and wheelarches painted in body colour also give it a distinctive look.

Take a virtual step inside the cabin and you will find FR logos on the aluminium door kickplates and the sporty leather steering wheel, while standard Alcantara-upholstered sports seats, aluminium pedals, and piano-black details on the centre console create a premium atmosphere. Red stitching is used on the steering wheel, seats, and gearstick knob – enhancing “the sporty character” of the SEAT Ateca FR.

SEAT Ateca FR
SEAT Ateca FR

The sportier look comes with matching power, as the Spanish brand is introducing a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine option with 190 horsepower. A six-speed manual and a DSG two-clutch automatic gearboxes will be available, as well as front-wheel drive or an optional AWD system. Diesel fans can opt for a TDI engine. Additionally, customers will be able to order DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) system and progressive steering.

“The Ateca FR adds yet another level of excitement to our first SUV,” said Matthias Rabe, Vice-President of R&D at SEAT. “The agile and precise handling that the Ateca offers is reinforced with a touch of dynamism and fun at the wheel that the FR trim adds for example with the DCC and the progressive steering.”

SEAT says pricing will be announced closer to the car's market launch, scheduled for this summer.

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Source: SEAT

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