SEAT SUV confirmed for 2016 | Industry - Car News Mar 2014

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12:02 Wednesday 26 Mar 2014

SEAT will add a new compact SUV to its line-up in 2016, the Spanish company's boss Jurgen Stackmann has today confirmed.

The new car, which is SEAT's first foray into the ever-growing SUV market, has been under development at the firm's Martorelli factory in Spain for the lays two years. It will go on sale in key markets, including the UK, in 2016, providing a rival for the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage.

"This is an excellent piece of news, since it takes SEAT into a new territory, in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the world," said Stackmann.

"The SUV is an important pillar in the future corporate strategy and is a major step forward on the road to reaching sustainable profitability for the company."

Around one million SUVs are sold in Europe every year, with the segment having grown by around 40 per cent over the past five years. The new SUV is therefore essential to SEAT's aim to boost sales.

Unfortunately, no information has yet been released on the new car; however, it seems extremely likely that it will be based on parent company Volkswagen's MQB architecture. A range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines also seems likely to be offered, along with a choice of front- and four-wheel drive.

 


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