[UPDATE, October 2] Live images from the 2018 Paris Motor Show have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below.
After putting the spotlight on its smallest crossover earlier this summer with the introduction of a fully digital instrument cluster for the Arona, SEAT is now turning its attention towards its largest high-riding model. Unveiled earlier this month, the Tarraco is essentially Spain’s take on the Skoda Kodiaq and this is more evident now courtesy of an extended photo gallery attached below.
In typical SEAT fashion, the Tarraco looks a bit sharper on the outside than its VAG counterpart and that should lure in younger families in need of something a bit more exciting than the rather bland Kodiaq. Interestingly, the new arrival in the company’s growing lineup paves the way for a fresh design direction we’ll be seeing in the years to come, including on the next-generation Leon due sometime in 2019.
Like the equivalent Skoda and the VW Tiguan / Tiguan Allspace, the new Tarraco will be available with a choice between five or seven seats. Customers won’t have an issue figuring out which trim to go for as there will only be two: Style and the fancier Xcellence. Standard across the range is LED lighting, with everything on the outside and inside benefitting from light-emitting diodes.
The engine range is also quite simple, with 150-bhp 1.5-litre and 190bhp 2.0-litre gasoline units joined by a 2.0-litre diesel offered with 150 bhp and 190 bhp. Depending on what you want and based on the selected engine, the large SUV is available with front- and all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG.
Positioned above the compact Ateca, the new midsize crossover billed as being the company’s flagship model was a joint effort between teams at home in Martorell and Wolfsburg in Germany. It will celebrate its public debut next week at the Paris Motor Show and is scheduled to go on sale early 2019.