SEAT Tarraco FR

Powertrains and chassis

Martorell, 14 September 2020

The SEAT Tarraco FR uses a range of new and optimised powertrains, both petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), producing the performance expected for a vehicle carrying the FR badge, but balancing the need to lower emissions.

But as well as the traditional, the large SUV also brings plug-in hybrid technology to the segment, combing combustion and electrification to deliver a thrilling drive while maximising the use of electrification and aid SEAT’s shift to a more sustainable approach to mobility.


Diesel remains core to the Tarraco, and the FR benefits from two 2.0-litre TDI units with 150PS (110kW) and 200PS (147kW) power outputs respectively.

The line-up includes a 2.0l engine linked to either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic DSG transmission with a power output of 150PS (110kW).

A new and more powerful 2.0 TDI 200PS (147kW) engine with 400Nm of torque (previously: 2.0 TDI 190PS/140kW) is also available,  and is mated to a new seven-speed automatic DSG dual-clutch transmission (DQ381), exclusively available with 4Drive.

All TDI units introduce a new twin dosing SCR system that includes dual AdBlue injection to reduce significantly NOx emissions compared to previous generation diesel engines. The result is a range of diesel engines that meet the strict requirement of Euro 6AP emissions standards.


The line-up of TSI petrol units includes units with capacities of between 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre and power outputs of between 150PS (110kW) and 190PS (140kW).

The 1.5 litre TSI engine pushes out 150PS (110kW)/250Nm and can be linked to either a new six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic DSG transmission.

The most powerful petrol option is the 2.0l unit 190PS (140kW)/320Nm, always linked to a DSG dual-clutch transmission and 4Drive all-wheel drive system.

Plug-in hybrid

In early 2021, the SEAT Tarraco will also include an advanced plug-in hybrid variant offering a reassuring level of performance while minimising the vehicle’s wider impact on the environment.

Mating a 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine electric motor, 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six-speed DSG transmission, the setup produces 245PS (180kW) of power and 400Nm of torque.

The plug-in hybrid version also allows drivers to use electric only mode, giving a range of around 50km using just the energy stored in the vehicle’s battery – perfect for increased efficiency, or to travel around city streets where air quality regulations are stricter.

“The SEAT Tarraco FR’s advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain will position the large SUV as one of the sportiest, most efficient models in the segment, using the state-of-the-art powertrain to offer a high level of performance combined with the ability to drive a reasonable distance emissions free,” said Werner Tietz, executive Vice-president for Research and Development at SEAT.

Sport suspension setup

Engineers have worked to develop the sport suspension setup in the Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC), so it’s tuned specifically to deliver an involving drive.

Add to the mix the progressive electric power steering system, the inclusion of Adaptive Chassis Control and the 4Drive all-wheel drive technology and the large SUV brings a whole new character to the market with the introduction of the FR badge to the line-up.

The 4Drive all-wheel drive system

Thanks to the selectable driver profiles through the rotary dial – Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual on front-wheel variants, and the additional of 2 extra modes - Offroad and Snow - for 4Drive versions, the vehicle’s ride and handling can change depending on the conditions and the driver’s requirements, making the SEAT Tarraco FR more comfortable.