For those familiar with the story of the Tortoise and the Rabbit, SEAT is a tortoise.
A slow and steady strategy to win the race, which includes keeping a presence in the market abandoned by its competitors, has seen the Spanish brand make growth up the sales charts. So much so that the next brands in its way is the large SUV as the Tarraco e-Hybrid.
SEAT is running out of its electrified approach apace with the most advanced model to obtain an electrified powertrain being the great Tarraco SUV. It now meets the Leon in being granted in e-Hybrid form, serving to bring down the Spanish brand’s emissions before new, powerful targets come into force. But it not only delivers power, thanks its 13kWh lithium-ion battery back, it can also travel for up to 49km (58km in NEDC) in all-electric mode. And when using both electric and petrol engines, the SEAT Tarraco e-Hybrid can reach up to 730km.
Electrification using a popular PHEV powertrain is being spread out across VW Group marks. If you have kept up with recent vehicle launches, SEAT, Škoda, CUPRA, and Volkswagen, have all supplemented plug-in versions of their largest sellers to their models. And now, SEAT can chalk up the Taracco e-Hybrid to that race.
SEAT is giving the Tarraco e-Hybrid in just two trims- Xcellence and FR. The Tarraco FR becomes wider wheel arches that comprise standard 19-inch alloys with a 20-inch choice available. There is an FR grille at the front and there is a ‘coast-to-coast rear lights and spoiler at the back. Thus, this ‘Tarraco FR’ is bossed on the rear hatch as well.
Inside, the Tarraco FR appears with the modern generation of SEAT’s navigation system and infotainment. This grants to all the newest connectivity and is administered through an 8-inch touchscreen. While talking about the Upfront, the driver and so the passengers also will get to experience the sport bucket seats with memory capacity on the driver side.
This is not just all. The driver also is offered to experience a sports steering wheel specific to FR trimmed Tarracos and aluminum pedals. As standard, the Tarraco FR prepares with the digital cockpit with a 10.25-inch large screen showcasing driving information and instruments.
Meanwhile, In Xcellence trim, the Tarraco obtains much of the same kit and technology, though without the extra dynamic styling features, not just inside but outside as well.
The PHEV powertrain connects with the most trustworthy 1.4-liter petrol engine, which is beneficial for 148bhp, with an 113bhp electrical motor. This gives the Tarraco’s total control of 242bhp, strengthened up with 295lb-ft of torque.
While, the Battery power appears in the shape of a 13kWh unit which allows the large SUV to move 30.5 miles in zero-emissions electronic mode, according to the WLTP test. SEAT claims that the Tarraco has a scale of up to 454 miles in hybrid mode.
Thus, time, charging also becomes too easy and timesaving. Now, we can charge from a conventional household socket, which is practical on this powertrain. This will consume less than five hours, while on a 3.6kW box the Tarraco gets ready to fight the battle in just three-and-a-half hours.
Price and availability
Well, this 5-seats version, SEAT has not approved the price for the Tarraco e-Hybrid, but we do understand that we will have to pause until the second half of 2021 before deliveries begin.
SEAT Tarraco e-Hybrid
|Combustion Engine||1.4 TSI 150PS (110kW)|
|Cylinder/Valves||4-cyl – 16v|
|Bore and stroke||74.5 x 80|
|Electric motor power||85kW/115PS|
|Max. Overall Power||245PS (180kW)|
|Max. Overall Torque||400Nm|
|Maximum speed||205 km/h|
|Electric-only range||44-49km (WLTP) / 55-58km (NEDC)|
|Fuel consumption||1.6-2.0l/100km (WLTP)|
|CO2 emissions||37-46.4g/km (WLTP)|
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