WITH SEAT due to officially launch its new SUV the Tarraco on Tuesday (September 18) in Tarragona the Euro Weekly News can give you a sneak preview.
Stefan Ilijevic, head of Predevelopment, Patents and Innovation at SEAT, took to the wheel to give the car its first (public) road test, albeit in camouflage to try to hide its lines.
He gave us his impressions of what is now the biggest member of the SEAT range.
After turning on the ignition and putting it through its first few bends Stefan commented that: “The feeling at the wheel of the new SEAT Tarraco is impressive.
It’s very dynamic and makes you feel safe at the same time”.
The car can seat up to seven passengers and has a 760-litre luggage compartment. It gives the driver “a great feeling of size and spaciousness”, added the engineer.
To see how it fares away from the tarmac Stefan headed for an off-road course prior to its international presentation.
He said: “It handles rocky mountainous terrain with a slope of up to 70 per cent with ease”, while driving down a very steep incline. “Its all-wheel drive seems to have no limits. Right now the car is braking by itself”, adds Stefan.
Next he threw the Tarraco round some very tight curves to see how it handled. “It has been designed to successfully tackle lateral tilts of 85 per cent. On this kind of terrain it conveys a feeling of sturdiness and safety” says Stefan.
In addition, the new model is equipped with two new driver assistants. One is the Rollover Assist, which automatically unlocks the doors, turns off the engine and activates an emergency call in the hypothetical case of a rollover.
After completing the off-road portion of the test, Stefan changed to ‘sport’ mode.
Thanks to this system the car provides an extremely versatile range of driving capabilities: “You can use it in the mountains at the weekend and drive just as comfortably around the city”, explained the engineer.
Furthermore, with the car’s adaptive suspension setup (DCC), “you get the dynamic feeling of a car that can also take you on long journeys”, he concludes.
These and other details of the SEAT Tarraco will be made public at its international presentation next 18 September in Tarragona, the day when the company is officially adding a new model to complete its SUV offensive which began in 2016 and currently features the Ateca and the Arona.