The order books have opened for Seat’s new seven-seat Tarraco SUV, which will arrive in British showrooms in the new year.
As standard, the entry-level Tarraco SE comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint and three-zone climate control, as well as Full Link smartphone connectivity and DAB digital radio.
However, spending another £1,010 on the SE Technology model will buy you larger 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and satellite navigation.
If you’ve got £30,410 to spend, though, you can have the Xcellence model, complete with a rear-view camera, electrically opening tailgate and adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance to the vehicle in front. Once again, moving up the trim levels also sees the alloy wheels swell, growing to 19 inches in diameter.
For the range-topping Xcellence Lux model, which comes in at £32,135, they grow again, reaching 20 inches across. The upholstery gets an upgrade, too, gaining leather upholstery, while the rear-view camera is swapped for a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the car and its surroundings.
The engine range begins with the basic 1.5-litre petrol engine, which serves up 148 bhp and returns up to 42.8 mpg, but a larger 2-litre unit is available. Whereas the 1.5 comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the 2-litre, 188 bhp motor is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox, as well as four-wheel drive.
Alongside the two petrol engines, the Tarraco will also be available with a choice of 2-litre diesel engines. Like the petrols, the diesels will be offered in 148 bhp and 188 bhp guises, with the more powerful unit getting a seven-speed auto ‘box as standard. Both engines, however, will be available with four-wheel drive.
Richard Harrison, the managing director of Seat in the UK, said the newcomer was a “cracker” that would round off Seat’s SUV range.
“We are thrilled to close what has been a fantastic year for Seat UK by opening for orders on our new flagship model, Tarraco,” he said. “Our first-ever large SUV is a cracker, and the perfect way to complete our full range of SUVs, joining the multi-award winning Ateca and Arona.
“Tarraco is already turning heads with its eye-catching combination of fresh design language, state-of-the-art technology and an enjoyably dynamic drive. Add to that our innovative Easymove range structure, which means customers get a great level of standard specification and metallic paint included for free, and Tarraco represents exceptional value for money. It is sure to fly out of showrooms in the new year.”