Despite being the brand’s very first SUV, Seat’s UK boss Richard Harrison expects that demand for the Ateca SUV will outstrip supply, for the limited number of cars produced in 2016 and those produced next year.
“I suspect the positive reaction will mean that demand outstrips supply throughout 2017, too,” he said. We are fighting with the factory for more cars, but the positive side of this equation is that demand will keep residual values high, and that just makes Ateca an even more appealing proposition,” commented Harrison.
The Ateca is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and rivals cars like the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai ix35 and VW Tiguan. It is available with a number of different powertrains in Europe. These range from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 84kW through to the range-topping car fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel delivering 140kW.
There is no word about whether the Ateca will reach our shores in the future.