Seat Arona name confirmed for sub-Ateca small SUV
Seat’s rival for the Nissan Juke will be based on the Ibiza hatchback, and will sit below the Ateca SUV when it goes on sale late next year
Seat has confirmed that the Arona, its new Ibiza-based compact crossover SUV, will arrive in the UK at the tail end of next year. The announcement came at the Paris motor show.
Built to rival the likes of Nissan’s Juke and Renault’s Captur, the Arona will be built on the same A0 platform as the forthcoming new Ibiza, using the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB architecture. Expect styling reminiscent of the Ateca, and more space inside for passengers than the Ibiza thanks to a higher roofline.
The Arona is expected to arrive in the UK late in 2017 after a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is last of three new Seat models planned for the next year, after an update to the Leon and the launch of the fifth-generation Ibiza.
The Arona is named after a city on the Spanish island of Tenerife, and also after a town on Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont area of Italy. It will be developed and built at Seat’s Martorell headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.