SEAT has revealed its Ateca SUV in sporty FR guise – a new trim level set to be offered to UK buyers this summer. The Ateca FR offers sporty design tweaks inside and out، plus the option of a new 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine، UK-based Auto Express magazine reported.
The Ateca FR isn’t the hottest version of SEAT’s SUV in the pipeline – a full-fat SEAT Ateca Cupra boasting up to 300bhp is currently being assessed by SEAT bosses and has been spied testing – but it should offer potential customers something a little spicier for the time being.
The FR trim cars join an already large Ateca line-up، and SEAT intends for the Ateca FR to sit right underneath range-topping XCELLENCE versions. 18-inch ‘Performance’ style alloy wheels come as standard and 19-inch versions are on the options list. The large، sporty wheels are joined by body coloured wheelarches، replacing the black plastic cladding used on other Atecas، while the side skirts are finished with an aluminium strip.
A new body-coloured rear bumper appears at the back، alongside a rear spoiler also finished in the same hue as the bodywork. Black roof rails، a gloss black front grille، new LED fog lamps and plenty of FR badges complete the look.
Inside، aluminium scuff plates with FR logos are the first things you’ll notice when opening the doors. Sports seats finished in Alcantara come as standard and so do aluminium pedals. A leather sports steering wheel sits in front of the driver، while the entire interior makes use of contrasting red stitching. Again، plenty of FR badges are dotted around the cabin.
In terms of engines and drivetrains، the Ateca FR will be offered with both petrol and diesel powered options. Full specifications have yet to be made clear، but the 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol alongside the 2.0-litre TDI in both 148bhp and 187bhp guises look set to be offered alongside a new flagship petrol powerunit – a 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI.
All-wheel-drive will be available on all 2.0-litre versions، alongside Dynamic Chassis Control and progressive steering. Full prices will be confirmed closer to the Ateca FR’s launch this summer.