Paris show – SEAT offers Ateca X-Perience

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SEAT has unveiled a further concept variant of its newly-launched Ateca SUV at the Paris Motor Show, the Ateca X-Perience.

The Spanish brand launched its X-Perience brand in 2015 on a four-wheel-drive version of the Leon, but the Ateca is already available with 4WD. So in this case the designation applies to a more aggressive version of the SUV designed for those who want to take the car significantly off-road.

The car is powered by SEAT’s 190hp 2-litre diesel engine matched to a seven-speed DGG auto gearbox and the all-wheel-drive system. To add to the car’s off-road prowess the Drive Profile chassis control system boats two extra modes, snow and off-road, while the X-Perience is also supplied with hill-descent control.

High-profile tyres are shielded by mud flaps at the rear, a restyled front bumper added with a front diffuser to protect the lower grille (this repeated at the rear), and a sump guard and fog light protectors also fitted.

Chrome roof rails are included along with a rear spoiler, while the car gains a bespoke olive green exterior colour.

Inside is also bespoke, the trim combining coffee and green colouring with orange stitching on the steering wheel, seats and gear knob, the sports seats being finished in suede leather, rubber floor mats and aluminium kickplates being included with the X-Perience logo on them.

Currently the Ateca X-Perience is a concept with SEAT officials gauging reaction to it at the show, but progress to production reality is thought to be highly likely.

At the show SEAT also revealed that the smaller sister SUV to the Ateca, due in the Autumn of next year and targeting the likes of Nissan’s Juke, will be called the Arona.

Styling of the Arona is expected to follow that of the Ateca and the car will be built on the same Volkswagen Group MQB A0 platform that will debut with the new Ibiza in the summer.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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