SEAT Tarraco plug-in hybrid confirmed

SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV promises 31-mile electric range and sub-50g/km emissions

SEAT has announced its first production plug-in hybrid model, the SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV.

It's based on the standard Tarraco SUV, which shares underpinnings with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq, and marries a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine making 148bhp with an electric motor fed by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Together, the engine and motor produce a total of 242bhp, for a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 135mph. Exact CO2 emissions have yet to be confirmed, but SEAT promises they'll be less than 50g/km. There's also no official fuel-economy figure just yet.

In tandem with the plug-in hybrid drivetrain, SEAT is also adding a sporty FR trim level to the top of the Tarraco range. This gets wider wheelarches, a rear spoiler and FR-specific 19-inch alloy wheels, with an option to have machined 20-inch wheels.

As well as these changes, there are 'coast-to-coast' rear light highlights at the back. A new colour (Fura Grey) is also being offered, along with new optional extras including towing assistance and a 'parking heater', which warms up the car and engine quickly in cold weather.

Inside, there's a 9.2-inch infotainment screen, power-adjustable sports bucket seats up front, aluminium pedals and a sports steering wheel.

SEAT president Luca de Meo said: "The Tarraco plug-in hybrid perfectly illustrates our move towards a more sustainable mobility, yet maintaining the dynamism and fun-to-drive typical of any SEAT. The Tarraco will be one of the few options with a plug-in hybrid powertrain on the large SUV segment, and we believe that it has a great potential."

The Tarraco FR PHEV is the first step in SEAT's transition to electrification, with an electric Mii city car and Volkswagen ID.3-based el-Born hatchback also on the way. Six electric and plug-in hybrid SEAT and Cupra models are set to be introduced by early 2021.

Cupra is SEAT's performance-focused spin-off brand; it has already teased the interior of an electric concept car that'll also be making its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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