Seat has added the sporty FR trim variant to its Ateca SUV, available from July, with a range of engines and prices from £24,960.
FR models feature a high-gloss black front grille, aluminium roof rails, window frames and lower door trim, chrome double tailpipes, body colour wheel arch surrounds, side skirts and a roof spoiler.
Two petrol and two diesel engines are available in this spec, all of them turbocharged. Entry point is the 1.4 Eco TSI which develops 150 PS. It takes Ateca from zero to 62mph in 8.5 seconds and can return a combined 52.3mpg and 123g/km.
A brand new 2.0 TSI petrol engine with 190 PS, debuting in Ateca, is offered exclusively with 4Drive all-wheel drive and DSG transmission. It manages a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds and 40.4 mpg.
The most efficient engine available in the Ateca FR is the 2.0 TDI 150; equipped with 4Drive it manages 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.
There is also a more powerful 190 PS diesel, again with 4Drive, and seven-speed DSG transmission. It offers the fastest acceleration, taking just 7.5 seconds to reach 60mph. The engine can still return an official 53.3 mpg average, with CO2 at 135 g/km.
Customers can choose between 18-inch “Performance” alloy wheels or optional 19-inch “Exclusive” ones, with a machined finish.
Drivers can adjust performance using the Seat Drive Profile system, putting the emphasis on eco or sportier response, or tailoring steering, throttle and DSG gear shift settings to their individual preference. 4Drive versions additionally provide off-road and snow modes.
LED lighting is used throughout, including the cabin, which adopts the selectable multi-colour ambient illumination.
Inside the FR is fitted with body-hugging sports front seats with Alcantara upholstery and a grippy leather-trimmed steering wheel. Media System Plus, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen provides satnav, USB/Aux-in/SD card connectivity and Seat’s Full Link smartphone integration, with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto.
The new SEAT Ateca FR will be available to order from 3 July 2017, with first deliveries to UK customers expected from October.
On-the-road prices are as follows: