The New SEAT Arona, a fresh balance of compact design and crossover attributes, will make its public debut at the Frankfurt International Motorshow in September. The options will extend in 2018 to a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine.
SEAT says the SUV style Arona, manufactured exclusively in Martorell – the plant with the largest production volume in Spain – will play a key role in strengthening the brand and increasing sales. It is SEAT’s first model in the Volkswagen A0 compact crossover segment, which has increased four-fold since 2015.
“We’re certain that the New SEAT Arona is the perfect answer to the current demands of our customers, in terms of dynamic behaviour, comfort, safety and state of the art technology. We are once again setting new standards in the segment” says Dr. Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development.
The Arona comes equipped with Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Stop&Go (combined with ACC and DSG transmission), Hill Hold control, Fatigue Detection, Rain and Headlight Sensors, Multi-Collision Brake, Keyless Entry and Start System, precise and high-quality rear camera, premium 8″ black panel touchscreen, and wireless charger with GSM signal amplifier. The Arona also offers an optional Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection and the Park Assistance System, which works for both parallel and angle parking.
MQB A0 Platform
The 4138mm-long Arona is produced on the MQB (Modular Quer Baukasten), the latest technology from the Volkswagen Group. The MQB A0 platform allows higher manufacturing flexibility, more robust implementation and different models with different body types within the same segment. Also different wheelbase configurations can be achieved within the same base platform. SEAT’s investments and R&D expenditure in recent years were partially allocated to adapt Line 1 at the Martorell factory to the new MQB A0 platform, allowing SEAT to be the first company of the Volkswagen group to use this technology.
Alejandro Mesonero, Design Director at SEAT, says, “We wanted to give the New SEAT Arona the distinct feel of a crossover, a sturdy car for everyday life, for the urban jungle. That’s why it features such strong protection in the bumpers, the wheel arches and the dark coloured rubber side skirts, as well as the roof rack and the aluminium look-like protection at the bottom of the bumpers”. All of which makes it look tougher and taller. The 665 mm larger diameter wheels also help to make the car higher.
In mid-2018 the 90 PS 1.0 TSI (turbocharged straight injection) engine, powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), will make its way into the Arona range. SEAT is the first manufacturer to offer an engine of this type in this class of compact crossover. Also, for certain overseas markets, a 110 PS 1.6 MPI (multipoint injection) engine with a manual and automatic gearbox will also be offered.