Rumors about a range-topping Cupra version for the Ateca have been swirling around the Internet ever since the crossover’s debut back in February. However, the latest gossip indicates it will not happen so soon because demand for the regular model is so high that SEAT can’t even keep up. As such, there is no reason to come out with the Cupra model that fast. It makes perfect sense taking into consideration deliveries of the standard Ateca are only just beginning.

If the new report turns out to be true, it means the rumored Ateca Cupra concept will not be introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October as originally believed. Autocar mentions the production version is unlikely to come out sooner than the end of 2017, so if there will be a concept, it could debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

Regardless of its launch date, the Ateca Cupra is expected to come with a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the Leon Cupra 290. As the name of the hot hatchback indicates, the mill develops 290 PS (286 hp / 213 kW), but it’s not known at this point whether the hotter Ateca will use the same engine configuration or it will use a tweaked version.

If there will be a Cupra edition of the Ateca, it will likely become SEAT’s most expensive model ever, carrying an estimated starting price in U.K. of £35,000.

Meanwhile, VW’s Spanish division is working on its second crossover, a subcompact model based on the next-gen Ibiza. Both models are pinned for a 2017 launch and will ride on the short MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group.

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