Making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week, this new SEAT Tarraco variant marks the unveiling of SEAT’s first plug-in hybrid. Boasting an all-electric range of over 30 miles and either five or seven-seats, let’s take a look at SEAT’s new plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) ahead of its arrival next year.
This all-new plug-in hybrid is the second SEAT model to be officially unveiled since the brand announced that they’d offer six electrified models by 2021. Alongside the upcoming SEAT e-mii all-electric city car, the Tarraco PHEV is being praised as a practical look into how that new model range will end up looking.
Speaking of their first PHEV, Luca de Meo, President of SEAT, said:
“The Tarraco plug-in hybrid perfectly illustrates our move towards a more sustainable mobility, yet maintaining the dynamism and fun-to-drive, typical of any SEAT. The Tarraco will be one of the few options with a plug-in hybrid powertrain on the large SUV segment, and we believe that it has a great potential,”
Power comes from a 148bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine that has been combined with a 113bhp electric motor. That electric motor is fed by a 13kWh lithium ion battery and is capable of taking the five or seven-seat Tarraco from 0-62mph in 7.4seconds. Whilst we’re still waiting for official fuel economy figures, SEAT say that the Tarraco will offer an electric-only range of around 31 miles and CO2 emissions of below 50g/km.
As well as its powertrain debut, the new SEAT Tarraco PHEV displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show also debuts a new FR trim level. Set to launch across the range when the PHEV arrives, this new trim level brings sportier exterior features, wider wheelarches, new badging and FR-specific 19 and 20” wheels.
The PHEV variant of the SEAT Tarraco is set to arrive mid-2020 with orders opening a few months prior. Once launched, it’ll join an already established model that sits atop SEAT’s SUV family; playing bigger brother to the Ateca and Arona. Fancy taking a look at what the current SEAT Tarraco has to offer or would you like more info on the upcoming Tarraco PHEV? Why not take a look at the model page below: