After months of teasing and the odd leaked image, SEAT has actually finally exposed the Arona compact SUV– by air lifting it across the Barcelona coastline. When it goes on sale to completion of 2017, it’ll go up against the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke in a growing and competitive sector.
2018 SEAT Arona Styling
To develop a familiar household face, SEAT has styled the Arona to look extremely much like the new Ibiza hatchback. The very same trapezoidal grille sits prominently between triangular headlights with LED daytime signatures, while likewise aggressive lower air intakes guarantee the turbocharged engine variety stays cool. Heavy creases down the sides assist break up the bodywork while the back has angular brakelights that match the headlights.
One of the most obvious distinctions in between the 2018 SEAT Arona and the Ibiza– aside from the Arona’s raised SUV ride height– is the contrasting roofing system. The car revealed by SEAT has dark grey body panels and an orange contrasting roof that stretches from the base of the windshield to the kink in the rear side windows. It’s not clear whether this feature will be standard across the Arona variety or– most likely– provided as an expense option on mid and high-end trims.
2018 SEAT Arona Interior
Inside, very little has changed between the 2018 SEAT Arona and the Ibiza. The cabin is still focused around a main touchscreen infotainment system with clear menus, responsive controls and helpful faster way buttons for leaping between functions. This system likewise supports Mirrorlink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto indicating you can use some of your phone’s apps on the move such as sat nav and internet radio stations. Exactly what’s more, you can pick optional wireless charging and signal increasing to save money on bring clunky wires around.
The Ibiza already impressed us with its interior area so it’s a winner the 2018 SEAT Arona will, too. A taller roofline combined with a normally bigger body indicates there ought to be modest gains for each guest in terms of headroom, legroom and shoulder space. The boot will also benefit from a mild increase compared with the Ibiza, plus the car’s higher flight height indicates you will not need to stoop as much to lower shopping in.
2018 SEAT Arona Engines
The engine variety is, unsurprisingly, also shown the Ibiza. Entry-level cars will be powered by a 95hp 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder gas, with a 115hp version and the firm’s brand-new 150hp 1.5-litre likewise provided. Diesel purchasers get the familiar 1.6-litre engine utilized throughout the VW Group range with either 95 or 115hp, and will be a better option for those with extremely high annual mileages.
A five-speed handbook transmission is basic on entry-level models, with more powerful versions getting a six-speed system. A seven-speed twin-clutch automatic will be optional on the more powerful engines. This transmission works extremely well in other VW Group applications, selecting gears sensibly and promptly, and displaying very little resistance when you perform a manoeuvre.
2018 SEAT Arona Price and Release Date
SEAT hasn’t yet revealed a pricing structure for the 2018 SEAT Arona but we reckon you’ll need at least ₤ 15,000 to put one on your driveway. It could go on sale as early as November 2017 with the majority of shipments set up for early 2018.
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