The Skoda Kodiaq, which seats seven people, doesn’t look bad either. And with all due respect, the Tarraco is extremely similar to it in every single aspect, down to the platform and layout of the seats.
Tarraco is the Latin word for Tarragona, and as you would expect, the newcomer will sit above the compact Ateca and subcompact Arona in the automaker’s lineup. Scheduled for market release in Europe by the end of 2018 for the 2019 model year, the Tarraco rides on the MQB vehicle architecture and features 4Drive as an optional extra.
In addition to the six-speed manual that comes standard, customers are also treated to the six- and seven-speed versions of the DSG. The Volkswagen Group theme continues with the engine lineup, which will consist of the 1.4 TSI, 2.0 TSI, and 2.0 TDI. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder running on gasoline will be used in a performance-oriented model that’s expected to be sold by the Cupra brand, not SEAT.
The 2.0 BiTDI could also be in the pipeline, with Skoda planning to roll out the twin-turbocharged diesel in the Kodiaq RS with 240 PS (237 horsepower) on tap. As for the 2.0 TSI in the Cupra Ateca, that engine is rated at 300 PS (296 horsepower) and it’s extremely similar in design to the one in the Volkswagen Golf R.