In June this year, Seat announced it would be starting an online competition for the name of the brand’s third SUV. The Skoda Kodiaq-based seven seater will be launched early next year, but the Spanish automaker still hasn’t given it a name.

Apparently, the naming of the car will be delayed, as the Spanish media is currently focused on the political crisis over Catalonia. Initially, the automaker had planned to announce the name of the model this month, but this will happen at a later time.

'With the entire Spanish media focused on politics at the moment, we have decided to find a better time,' a spokesman for the brand said.

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During the 2017 Frankfurt motor Show Seat revealed the four finalists: Alboran, Aranda, Avila, and Tarraco. These names were selected following an online vote to choose from nine semi-finalists.

Despite the delay, work on the SUV itself is continuing, as the company wants to be ready for launch in the first half of 2018. The model will be produced in Germany at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant and will be offered with a wide range of turbocharged diesel and petrol engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid version expected later down the line.

Seat’s flagship model is expected to have a starting price of around £27,000. A full reveal of the model is expected next month.

Gallery: Seat flagship SUV