Officially: Small seat SUV comes 2017

Martorell (Spain), 18 March 2016

The Spanish brand seat is on the upswing: In 2015 you generated a profit for the first time in seven years even though he is small with six million euros. Forward, it is hoped a big push of the SUV named Ateca presented recently at the Geneva Motor Show. Thus, one of the major problems of the seat is finally solved: for too long, the brand had no SUV in the program. And the crossover range will be expanded as the third pillar of the company so CEO Luca de Meo. He confirmed an SUV under the Ateca.

Small SUV format from Spain

While the Ateca at Skoda in the Czech Republic by the band, his smaller brother from 2017 at the main plant in Martorell is built. There, one has already adapted a production line to the new MQB-A0 platform of the Volkswagen Group. It is the basis for the new generations of the VW Polo and Audi A1, but also of the recently presented Audi Q2, but resulting in Ingolstadt. The Q2 is 4.19 meters long and has a wheelbase of 2.60 meters. Also the seat subsidiary should have similar dimensions.

VW is also 2017

Speaking of offshoots: of course, other group brands will bring their own variants of small SUVs, especially VW. Here, the 2015 shown T-ROC study serves as a blueprint. Whether Skoda also comes with the boat, remains open. Presumably fans of the Czech brand will have to be patient is still: on the one you want to torpedo not the future plans of seat, on the other hand the current Fabia is based even on the MQB-A0 platform. In addition, Skoda has with the Yeti's successor and a larger SUV (internal name: snowman), which are based on the normal and extended Tiguan platform, two already hot iron in the fire. (rh)