A sportier take on the seven-seat SUV
- Likely to be spacious
- Cabin should be practical
- Proven underpinnings
- Features lots of the latest technology
- Nothing particularly interesting engine-wise
- Pricing and spec still to be confirmed
These are the first images and details of the all-new 2019 SEAT Tarraco SUV. It’s the Spanish marque’s version of the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, and will come with seven seats as standard.
As the largest of SEAT’s three crossovers, it will sit at the pinnacle of its range, a point seemingly reinforced by the extra glitz of chrome around the Tarraco’s grille.
Competition is fierce in the large five- and seven-seater SUV market, with a plethora of rivals for the Tarraco to combat including the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Peugeot 5008 and Renault Koleos.
SEAT Tarraco 2019: specifications
You’ll have a choice of two trims on the Tarraco: SE and Xcellence. Exact specs haven’t been launched yet, but a suite of driver assistance tech will be offered, including lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking as standard. Options will include blindspot detection, traffic sign recognition, autonomous driving in traffic jams, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights and an emergency assist feature.
Full LED headlights will also be used to afford the Tarraco its distinctive front end design, while directional rear indicators are also of an LED design.
You’ll have a choice of eight colours, while inside a 10.25-inch digital cockpit takes centre stage behind the steering wheel to display driving data, navigation information and multimedia details. This is supplemented by an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the centre console. Gesture control, as seen on several BMW models, will make its SEAT debut on the Tarraco.
Finally, adaptive suspension will feature. Called DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control), this offers Comfort and Sport modes for your desired style of driving, available at the touch of a button.
How big is the 2019 SEAT Tarraco?
The Tarraco is 4,735mm long, 1,839mm wide (not including mirrors) and 1,658mm tall, which means there’s a lot of interior space. Bootspace is 700 litres with the rearmost seats folded away.
What engines will the SEAT Tarraco have?
There will be two petrol engines on offer – a 1.5-litre with 150hp mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with drive going to the front wheels, and a 2.0-litre with 190hp, a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox and 4Drive all-wheel drive.
Diesel options will both be 2.0-litre, with a 150hp version offered with either of the transmission options above, or a 190hp one available only with the all-wheel drive and automatic.
SEAT tells us further powertrain options will become available in due course – including a hybrid to help lower CO2 emissions.
What about a Cupra Tarraco?
What isn’t yet clear is whether there will be a high-performance derivative – branded as a Cupra, as opposed to a SEAT.
However, Skoda has already announced the Kodiaq vRS, using a 240hp 2.0-litre diesel motor, and given the push the standalone Cupra brand is receiving, a hot Tarraco is a distinct possibility.
SEAT additionally confirmed an FR version is coming, with sportier suspension for keener drivers.
Why is it called SEAT Tarraco?
Social media-savvy hashtag followers among you might have been aware of the #SEATseekingName movement during 2017 and early 2018.
It allowed SEAT fans to vote for one of four possible names for its flagship crossover, all following the brand’s established theme of Spanish place names.
The final four to choose from were Alboran, Aranda, Avila and, the winning choice, Tarraco. Don’t be surprised if any of those other three suggestions appear on future models in coming years.
If you’re looking on a map wondering where that is, then you’ll struggle – it’s the ancient name for the Roman city that’s now known as Tarragona.
When will the 2019 SEAT Tarraco be available and how much will it cost?
Orders for the SEAT Tarraco SUV will commence late in 2018, with customer deliveries beginning towards the start of 2019. Expect prices to be announced in the autumn.