New Seat Ateca facelift set to come with hybrid variants
Seat’s 2020 update for its family SUV could bring more than one electrified variant as part of brand hybrid and EV rollout
Due for a revamp in the face of a whole host of recently launched or refreshed SUV rivals, the Ateca has been on sale for over three years now with only some modest model year updates announced this week.
We’re expecting a more significant update for next year to bring it into line with newer models such as the Taracco and soon-to-be-launched Leon. This will include mild styling revisions externally and internally, plus technology and equipment upgrades.
More significant changes will be made to the engine range. This prototype seems to be sporting some sort of measurement sensors on the wheel – the kind we’ve seen before on prototypes fitted with regenerative braking. That is generally the reserve of a hybrid powertrain, which would fit into the brand’s electrification rollout.
The 2020 Leon, expected to arrive in production form at the Frankfurt motor show after a delayed debut, will be Seat’s first plug-in hybrid model. It’s likely, then, that the revamped Ateca will soon follow with the same powertrain, offering stronger performance, better efficiency and the ability to run on all-electric power.
Joining the recently added 1.5 TSI Evo petrol engine will cleaner Diesel engines, but we can also expect some sort of 48v mild hybrid technology on certain high-end variants as with other VW Group models.
Source: Autocar Online