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SEAT Arona SUV targets Nissan Juke

Brand's first compact SUV to debut at Frankfurt.

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The SEAT Arona has been revealed as the brand’s second SUV, and will launch in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Arona will target the best-selling Nissan Juke, alongside larger sister, the Ateca, which was launched last year to rival the Nissan Qashqai.

A shortened version of the Ateca’s VW Group MQB platform is used for the Arona, and also underpins the Ibiza and Polo superminis which SEAT’s first compact SUV is closely related to.

Larger boot

SEAT quotes a 400-litre boot capacity for the car, 46 litres more than the Juke offers. The car is 79mm longer than the Ibiza at 4,138mm, and 99mm taller – driver sits 52mm higher, while headroom is 37mm better in the front and 33mm in the rear compared to the supermini.

Five engine options will be available – petrol units in 1.0-litre 95 and 115hp, a 1.5-litre petrol with 150hp, and two versions of a 1.6-litre diesel with either 95 or 115hp. Transmissions will be five or six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, and the car will be front-wheel drive only.

SEAT will offer the Arona in its typical grade structure while the separate finishes to the body and roof will make possible up to 68 colour combinations. Prices for the car are not yet revealed but are likely to start at around £14,000.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a 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.