300bhp SEAT Ateca Cupra spotted - new performance SUV pegged for 2017 launch

Images show quad exhausts and bigger brakes

A more performance orientated version of the recently launched SEAT Ateca has been spotted by Auto Express at the launch for a facelifted SEAT Leon.

Featuring quad exhaust tips and bigger Brembo brakes, the prototype is clearly the rumoured Ateca Cupra. Allegedly belonging to Matthias Rabe, SEAT's exec vice-president for R&D, this further adds to its potential as a production model.

The standard Ateca in standard guise is well put together and looks decent too, but it's not the most engaging thing to drive. Hopefully the Cupra will remedy this.

>Read our SEAT Ateca review here

While performance details are still unknown, chances are that the Ateca will use the same 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Leon Cupra. Current talk that the Ateca Cupra could have in excess of 300bhp, making it hot-hatch quick.

At the moment, Ateca Cupra competitors include the pricier SQ5, range-topping petrol Tiguans and Alpina's XD3. Mercedes also has the GLC.

Really though there's not that much in terms of performance SUV competition at this price point, making the Ateca Cupra a bit of a no brainer for SEAT.

Most Popular

Car pictures of the week
Maserati MC20
Maserati MC20 coupe

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 294, we look at the highlights from Jethro Bovingdon’s drive in the highly anticipated Maserati MC20
21 Jan 2022
Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 pictured on the road
Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4
Lamborghini

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 pictured on the road

New Countach LPI 800-4 limited edition celebrates 50 years since Gandini’s original, and first deliveries aren’t far away
25 Jan 2022
Hot Aston Martin DBX to be the ‘most powerful luxury SUV’
Aston Martin DBX S
Aston Martin DBX

Hot Aston Martin DBX to be the ‘most powerful luxury SUV’

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
24 Jan 2022