Teased by SEAT Ireland on Instagram, the Arona is “set to hit Irish soil in November.” This information follows an estimated launch date offered by the automaker’s head honcho. As per Luca de Meo, the full reveal is slated to happen in July 2017. In other words, deliveries will start before year's end.
Until then, what we know about the Arona is that it rides a bit higher than the Ibiza and sports black plastic cladding on the sides. Despite the adventure-oriented looks, the baby SUV is intended for the street, not off-road action. And as with every other SEAT gifted with 4Drive, the all-wheel-drive system is pretty much a mirror image of Volkswagen’s fifth-gen 4Motion system.
On the powertrain front, the 1.0 TSI and 1.6 TDI are obvious choices for a vehicle of this size. Rumor has it the 1.5-liter TSI EVO is also in the offing, tuned to produce 150 PS (112 kW) or thereabout. A DSG is also very likely to be offered, but exclusively on the Arona's higher-powered engine options.
Next year, the Arona will be followed by a three-row SUV that doesn’t have a name yet. Essentially an Ateca with a longer wheelbase and two more seats, the mystery SUV will be SEAT’s take on the Tiguan Allspace and Kodiaq.