- New SUV is smaller than Ateca; rivals Nissan Juke
- Seen in public for first time at Frankfurt Show in September
- Available to order from October
Seat reveals new Arona SUV
The small SUV class is growing all the time, and Seat is the latest to join the battle for buyers, with a smaller brother for the Ateca that offers huge scope for personalisation
From the front, you can certainly tell the Arona is part of the Seat range - and, in particular, closely related to the Ateca, its bigger brother. There’s LED triangular headlights at the front, and LED tail lights, with a robust bumper, wheelarches, and rubber side skirts.
There’s also plenty of scope for colour personalisation. Buyers can choose from a grey, black, orange or body-coloured roof, and the paint palette includes Eclipse Orange. In total, there are 68 possible colour combinations.
Inside the cabin, there’s an 8.0-inch black-panel touch-screen, and a connectivity hub with wireless phone charger and signal amplifier. The car also comes with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and Mirror Link connectivity.
All the instruments are orientated towards the driver, with everything in easy reach and view to minimise distraction. The various fabrics, shades and colours are exclusive to the Arona, and buyers can opt for dual-coloured ambient LED lights, as well as dual-zone climate control and an 'aircare' filter system.
On the diesel side, there’s a 1.6-litre engine with 93bhp, paired with a five-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox, or the same engine with 113bhp and a six-speed gearbox.
On top of that are all the usual driver-assistance systems (including Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Hill Hold Control, Tiredness Recognition System, automatic lights and wipers, Multi-Collision Braking, Keyless Entry and Start, and a rear camera) as standard. Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection, and Park Assistance System, for both parallel and angled parking, are available as options.
The new Arona will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and will be available to order in the UK from 3 October, before hitting showrooms from 17 November. As yet, there’s no official word on prices, but we expect the Arona to cost from around £14,000.