From Audi to Skoda, from very small to quite large: The VW group seems to want to equip each brand, with every conceivable type of SUV. Now Seat in front of the Arona, a little brother of the Ateca. The newcomer was unveiled in Barcelona.
The Arona is 4.14 meters, the smallest SUV of the group on the Basis of the Modular transverse matrix (MQB). More precisely, it is based on the MQB-A0 platform that is, the small car version of the MQB. The Audi Q2 is only five inches longer, but it is likely to be based on the MQB-A1-modular. Evidence suggests that its wheelbase is almost consistent with that of the A3, and that Seat can use as the first company of the VW group, the "new MQB-A0-manufacturing process".
With the A0 base of the Arona is basically a high mounted and inflated Ibiza. He is about eight inches longer and ten inches higher. Thus, a greater ground clearance, improved headroom and a larger trunk with 400 litres of load volume. Also, the Seating position of the driver is five inches higher than that of the Ibiza, what should the city bustle for a better Overview.
All engines feature direct injection, turbocharging and a Start-stop automatic. As a petrol engine, the 1.0 TSI with 95 or 115 HP, as well as the new 1.5 TSI with 150 HP is offered. On the diesel side of the well-known 1.6 TDI with 95 or 115 PS. Mid-2018, a natural gas variant, which is powered by a 1.0 TSI with 90 PS.
The exterior design is distinctly reminiscent of the new Ibiza. The Differences include black Body, silver elements in underride protection-optics and a roof rack. What is striking is the silver clasp at the C-pillar with an X-shaped Logo is. The roof is, except in body color, also available in grey, Black or Orange. A total of 68 possible color combinations. Also, the Cockpit is highly reminiscent of the Ibiza: the steering Wheel, center console and the Central display are apparently identical, the instruments look very similar. A difference in Arona, the additional transverse line is on the trim in front of the passenger.
The technology package includes an anti-collision system with City emergency braking and pedestrian detection, Distance cruise control, a rearview camera, an Eight-inch touch screen and a blind spot assistant, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android auto. There is also a beats audio sound system and an ambient lighting (red or white). As with the Ibiza, the equipment Reference, Style, Xcellence and FR hot. In the case of FR, a suspension is dampers with electronically adjustable shock (Normal and Sport) can be ordered.
The prices for Arona are not yet known. The car will be manufactured at Martorell, in Spain and in September 2017 at the IAA in Frankfurt trade fair premiere. According to the revised Leon and the new Ibiza, it is the third new model of the brand in the year 2017. The Ateca launched already in 2016. For 2018, a large SUV above the Ateca is planned.(sl)