SEAT’s first subcompact SUV was launched approximately four years ago as a sportier and slightly less practical alternative to the Volkswagen T-Cross. The Arona is in the cards for a refresh later this year and we have new spy photos to share showing what looks like the final design.

Of course, this prototype has camouflage foil covering the front fascia but some of the design tweaks are visible nevertheless. Most notably, the lower grille has a new design and there are modified air intakes in the bumper’s corners. The headlights appear to be unchanged, though there might be little tweaks that remain invisible to the eye with all that camouflage.

Gallery: SEAT Arona facelift new spy photos

A quick look at the rear end unveils this is the very same prototype we caught testing in winter conditions in January this year. Nothing seems to have changed and the refreshed Arona features the same oval exhaust tips as the facelifted Ateca, which was introduced in the summer of 2020.

These visual changes are not necessarily going to be backed up by novelties under the bonnet. The Arona already has a relatively wide engine range, offering turbocharged petrol, diesel, and natural gas engines. There might be a mild-hybrid joining the range, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

The interior changes will be kept to a minimum, as well. There are rumours that the Arona could get an updated infotainment system but other than that and the rumoured slightly better materials, we don't expect much. After all, the small crossover is already pretty well equipped with optional features such as a digital instrument cluster, a dual climate control, and others.

Look for a full and official debut of the facelifted Arona later this year.