SEAT’s new flagship model

The New Tarraco: the right SUV to complete SEAT’s biggest product offensive

Martorell,  21 November 2018

Powertrain

Performance, efficiency and reliability are key to the Tarraco’s powertrain line-up with all the engines powering the large SUV benefitting from direct-injection, turbocharging and start-stop technology with outputs of between 150PS and 190PS and all meeting latest emissions standards.

Two petrol variants: 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.

The 1.5 litre unit produces 150PS of power between 5,000rpm and 6,000rpm while the engine’s 250Nm of torque is available from just 1,500rpm up to 3,500rpm. The output figures are achieved due to the 1,498cc unit’s bore and stroke of 74.5mm and 85.9mm respectively and a compression ratio of 10.5, and give the Tarraco a top speed of 201km/h.

The larger 2.0 litre TSI engine benefits from a bore of 82.5mm and a stroke of 92.8mm with a compression ratio of 11.65 and produces its maximum power output of 190PS between 4,200rpm and 6,000rpm. The engine’s enormous amount of torque, 320Nm, is delivered at 1,500-4,100rpm. The larger petrol engine helps the Tarraco reach 100km/h in just 8.0 seconds and gives it a top speed of 211km/h.

There are two diesel options, both 2.0 litre TDIs, with power outputs of 150PS and 190PS respectively. Bore and stroke are identical at 81mm and 95.5mm but the compression ratio differs: the 150PS unit uses a 16.2 ratio while the 190PS engine is 15.5.

The 150PS variant can be connected to either a front-wheel drive, six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG with 4Drive system, but maximum power remains 150PS at 3,500-4,000rpm and maximum torque of 340Nm is available from 1,750rpm and 3,000rpm. The 190PS variant is connected to a seven-speed DSG with 4Drive system, and the maximum power remains 190PS at 3,500-4,000rpm and maximum torque of 400Nm is available between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm.

Overall performance in the two-wheel drive version is gratifying with a top speed of 202km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 9.8 seconds. Even in all-wheel drive format the Tarraco is still no slouch with a top speed of 198km/h and an identical sprint time.

The higher-powered diesel engine is solely available in 4Drive/seven-speed DSG gearbox format. And with 190PS/400Nm at the driver’s disposal it performs splendidly no matter what the driving conditions are or the demands placed on it. Performance is striking with a top speed of 210km/h and the ability to reach 100km/h in only 8.0 seconds.

As new technologies come online the SEAT Tarraco is engineered to benefit from alternative powertrain technologies, improving efficiency even further in the future. In this regards, by 2020, the Tarraco will benefit from a Plug-in Hybrid version.

Chassis

The SEAT Tarraco has been engineered for drivers looking for excitement and functionality in a single vehicle. People who need the practicality of up to seven seats and the space to transport family and friends, but appreciate a vehicle that reacts to the driver’s inputs and offers dynamic performance.

“The SEAT Tarraco is a masterpiece of functionality and flexibility, as it offers the space and flexibility customers expect from a large SUV. It is the sportiest vehicle in the segment from a design point of view and also thanks to the dynamic chassis control, which allows you to tune it to meet your driving needs,” said SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development, Dr. Matthias Rabe.

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.

At the front, the SEAT Tarraco integrates an independent MacPherson strut suspension system with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers, while at the rear a multilink approach has been used, also incorporating coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers.

Combined with the vehicle’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) setup, it gives the perfect balance between a sporty feeling when you are behind the wheel, and a more comfortable ride when you need to cover longer distances, on different types of roads. The driver can select which setting they prefer – Normal, Eco, Sport –  but the system can also adapt automatically, modifying the ride depending on the road surface and driving style.

The intelligent DCC system uses electrically regulated dampers and steering, with each shock absorber connected to a control device which constantly monitors the wheels and calculates the best setting. The system can react within milliseconds to bumps in the road to optimise driveability.

So, whether the Tarraco is specified with 17” alloy wheels, or the largest 20” matt machined alloy wheels options, the chassis offers the maximum amount of quality, and nowhere is this more tangible than in the steering.

The driver is able to feel the road thanks to the perfectly weighted steering which uses a rack electric power system to provide assistance, but without numbing the experience, maximising feedback and driver enjoyment.

The result is a nimbleness and light-footedness that few would expect from a large SUV, but the Tarraco, with a wheelbase of 2,790mm and a weight as low as 1,687kg, manages to perfection, making it not only a practical, every day vehicle, but also an SUV that can bring enjoyment to the driver.