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New SEAT Arona

Powertrains and chassis

Under the bonnet, the new SEAT Arona will offer five different powertrains: four petrol units (TSI) with outputs ranging from 95PS (70kW) to 150PS (110kW), joined by a 90PS (66kW) CNG unit, linked to either manual or DSG dual-clutch transmissions.

“The new SEAT Arona streamlines its range of powertrain technologies to help reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, but without compromising dynamics and the fun of driving,” said Dr. Werner Tietz, executive Vice-President for Research and Development at SEAT. “The mix of smaller displacements, petrol and CNG mean that no matter which engine, the SEAT Arona remains agile, characterful and fun.”

All petrol engines are equipped with turbo, direct-injection technology, with three 1.0 EcoTSI options available and a larger 1.5 EcoTSI.

The 1.0 TSI 95PS (70kW) unit, linked to a five-speed manual transmission provides 175Nm of torque and delivers emission and fuel efficiency figures of 121-132g/km and 5.3-5.8 litres/100km respectively.

The final three-cylinder unit delivers 110PS (81kW)/200Nm and is linked to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission and emit as little as 118-133 (DSG: 132 – 145)g/km using just 5.2-5.9 (DSG: 5.8 – 6.4) litres/100km. But efficiency isn’t achieved to the detriment of performance and enjoyment and the new SEAT Arona is still able to reach 100km/h in as little as 10.6 seconds.

The largest option in the range is the four-cylinder 1.5 EcoTSI, linked to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, and featuring ACT (Active Cylinder Technology). With an output of 150PS (110kW)/250Nm, it produces strong performance balanced with efficiency giving the urban SUV a top speed of 210km/h but with CO2 emissions of only 138-150g/km and using just 6.1-6.6 litres/100km based on the WLTP test cycle.

The ACT technology improves engine efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The technology shuts down two of the four cylinders at low to medium rpm and reconnects these cylinders at higher revolutions to retrieve the engine's full potential. This system works at up to 130 km/h regardless of which gear is engaged.

In addition to the petrol engine offer, the new SEAT Arona also includes a CNG version. The 1.0 TGI 90PS (66kW) unit, linked to a six-speed manual transmission provides 160Nm of torque. The inclusion of the CNG variant was made possible by the SEAT Arona’s MQB AO platform, making packaging the components simpler and providing a strong starting point for the urban SUV’s dynamic ability.

CNG remains an incredibly important part of SEAT’s drive to reduce its impact on the environment but without sacrificing driveability.

A CNG vehicle reduces CO2 emissions by about 25% compared to a petrol driven equivalent. As well as ecological and tax benefits, TGI technology offers exceptionally low costs per kilometre, up to 50% cheaper than a petrol equivalent model and 30% cheaper than a diesel.

The 1.0 litre unit used in the new SEAT Arona still allows the urban SUV to reach 100km/h in just 13.2 seconds but emits only 101-109g/km CO2.

SEAT supports the development and availability of renewable bio-methane, which neutralises CO2 emissions generated through vehicle use. High quality bio-methane is obtained from organic waste residues and can either be added to conventional natural gas or used to substitute it completely. Bio-methane combines environmentally friendly mobility with the circular economy and allows reductions in CO2 emissions (well to wheel) up to 80%.

The convincing powertrain line-up is matched by the urban SUV’s strong underpinnings, helping deliver a complete package. front MacPherson Struts and a torsion beam rear finely tuned to meet the needs of urban driving, and adaptable enough to cope with adventures further afield. Steering is connected, intuitive and replies instantly to the driver’s input, making the SEAT Arona an involving drive and one laced with enjoyment.

Finally, the driver can even more precisely tune the ride and handling to meet their needs through the multiple driver modes; Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual available at the press of a button, modifying the engine response, steering, suspension and gearbox.