2016 SEAT Aran SUV Leaked Ahead of Geneva Motor Show Debut

Hear ye, hear ye! After years of speculation, the Spanish brand in the Volkswagen Group is making the final preparations for the launch of the first-ever SUV to bear SEAT badges. Without further ado, here’s the 2016 SEAT Aran in all its glory. On an infotainment screen, that is.
2016 SEAT Aran SUV 1 photo
Photo: WorldScoop
The image you can admire above comes from French automotive forum WorldScoop and, from the looks of it, it features the well-known 5.8-inch touchscreen display as seen on the Leon compact hatchback. Speaking of the Leon, its MQB modular platform also underpins the Aran crossover SUV. That equates to front-wheel-drive or an optional 4Drive all-wheel-drive system similar to that of the Leon X-Perience.

Unsurprisingly, the engine lineup will mirror that of the Leon. The smallest motor of them all will come in the form of a 1.0 TSI with 110 PS, available with either a manual or a 6-speed DSG automatic. If you need more punch and one extra cylinder, you’ll have to choose between a 1.4 TSI (with 150 PS), 1.6 TDI (116 or 150 PS) or a 2.0 TDI (190 PS).

In the near future, the Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-liter and 1.8-liter engine families will be added to the lineup. Four trim levels will be available for the 2016 SEAT Aran SUV, namely the entry-level Reference, Style, Excellence, and the range-topping FR.

The Spanish automaker will probably offer a Cupra variant of the Aran in the calendar year 2017, animated by a 2.0 TSI four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant that produces 290 PS.

As far as looks are concerned, the 2016 SEAT Aran appears to be a Leon on stilts further beautified by plastic cladding around the wheel arches and a longroof-inspired body shell. As an alternative to the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, the SEAT Aran is extremely different from its German sibling in terms of styling. Overall, the manufacturer did manage to do a marvelous job with the exterior design of its first-ever crossover SUV.

Look forward to more photographs of the Aran to be leaked on the Internet in the following weeks, ahead of the SEAT crossover’s Geneva Motor Show debut in March.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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