Tarraco takes on North Africa

The SEAT Tarraco 4Drive rises to the Moroccan challenge

Designed for life

Named after the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, the SEAT Tarraco, was designed and developed at SEAT’s Martorell facilities and is produced in Wolfsburg (Germany), and marks the third instalment in the company’s SUV product offensive. The Tarraco brings fresh looks to the sector, exuding greater self-confidence, elegance, sportiness and determination and hints at the future design language of new SEAT models.

Sitting at the top of SEAT’s SUV family, the Tarraco is the bigger brother to both the Ateca and Arona, and mixes state-of-the-art technology, dynamic, agile handling, practicality and functionality with elegant, progressive design.

The key to its nuanced approach to practicality and dynamic behaviour is the latest technology from Volkswagen Group and the MQB-A long wheelbase architecture that underpins the large SUV.

The vehicle’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system gives the perfect balance between a sporty feeling and a more comfort orientated ride when you need to cover longer distances, on different types of roads. The driver can select which setting they prefer, but the system can also adapt automatically, modifying the ride to suit the road surface and driving style.

The Tarraco’s ride quality is matched by the performance and efficiency of its powertrain line-up. All engines benefit from direct-injection, turbocharging and start-stop technology and offer power outputs of between 150PS and 190PS.

Two petrol variants are available: a four-cylinder 1.5 litre TSI unit that produces 150PS and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission powering the front wheels, and a 2.0 litre, 190PS offering mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Drive total traction system. There are two diesel options, both 2.0 litre TDIs, with power outputs of 150PS and 190PS respectively. The 150PS variant can be connected to either a front-wheel drive, six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG with 4Drive system. The higher-powered version is solely available in 4Drive/seven-speed DSG gearbox.

The all-wheel drive technology integrated into certain Tarraco variants gives it the ability to not only improve dynamics on tarmac, but also keep you progressing even when the conditions become tougher.

“The mix of powertrain options combined with the 4Drive system converts the Tarraco in a true all-rounder and enables it to cope with nearly unlimited driving conditions, as well on as off the road.” said Dr. Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice-president for Research and Development at SEAT. “This means that no matter where it is driven, the Tarraco maintains its dynamism on all surfaces.”