SEAT’s recently-established performance brand Cupra is celebrating its first anniversary this year. So, to mark the occasion, the brand will unveil a new concept SUV on the 22nd of February, teased by this new image.
Cupra’s new concept SUV will be unveiled via an online stream and will likely be the official debut of the recently-leaked Cupra Terramar concept, which is due to morph into a production model by 2020. When it reaches showrooms, it will sit above the brand’s current mid-size performance SUV, the Cupra Ateca.
In effect, the all-new Cupra Terramar will be a coupe version of the SEAT Ateca mid-size SUV, taking some of its styling cues from the newer Tarraco flagship. It’ll be seen first as a hot Cupra-badged model in 2020, while a more conventional SEAT version of the car could follow within two years.
From this latest teaser image, we can even more similarities with the SEAT Tarraco. The design for this concept’s full-length rear light-bar seems to be lifted from the Spanish firm’s largest SUV, whilst older leaked images show that the headlights and grille will be near-identical to those on the Tarraco.
Changes between the Tarraco and the Terramar will likely include a deeper, more aggressive front bumper, a wider track, more exaggerated wheel arches, a lower ride-height, a more sharply-tapering roofline and a larger rear wing.
Named after one of Spain’s oldest racing venues, the Autodromo de Sitges-Terramar, this Cupra concept will probably be powered by a re-tuned version of the 296bhp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine fitted to the Ateca. It will also feature four-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
At a later date the model could introduce plug-in hybrid technology to Cupra enthusiasts as well. SEAT boss Luca de Meo hinted that Cupra would be a good base for PHEV tech, insisting plug-in was a “good option for performance cars”.
The standard SEAT model is likely to be offered with the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the Tarraco.
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