SEAT’s first-ever high-riding model has been undergoing a mid-cycle facelift. Yes, the Spanish automaker started testing the future Ateca which will be introduced early next year, most probably at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2020 SEAT Ateca has been spied testing a few hours ago. The partly camouflaged crossover which was spotted somewhere in the Alps seems to be hiding some quite interesting changes.
The most interesting differences could be happening in the front end. The coverings appear to be hiding a set of completely new headlights which are now fused with the grille, thus creating a wing-like shape. The grille is also partly camouflaged, so we expect certain updates there too. The car sports a totally new lower front bumper with reshaped air intakes, while the rear end stays pretty much untouched for now. However, the production model will most probably host a set of new graphics for the taillights. Interestingly, the prototype gets sensor per each wheel, so we might be dealing with a new, most probably, hybrid or plug-in hybrid drivetrain under the hood.
As far as we’ve heard, the carmaker intends to replace the current 150-hp mill with VW’s latest the 2.0 TDI Evo, which uses a mild-hybrid 12V system. Of course, the crossover will continue its business with the 1.5 TSI. The interesting vehicle will most likely get a plug-in hybrid option sometime later. The carmaker will probably give a try with Tiguan’s latest 245-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The new cabin looks pretty much the same as the outgoing, but that’s not necessarily the case. While the interior lacks visual changes, it will most definitely add more internet, so-to-say. The 2020 SEAT Ateca SUV will host over-the-air updates without any doubt, as well as new cruise controls which will gather information based on traffic. SEAT will enrich safety kit with more standard features including lane-keeping assistance, high-beam assist, and blind-spot monitoring.