Cupra, SEAT’s off-shoot performance brand, is set for a busy couple of years. Reports suggest that in just three years’ time, there will be seven Cupra models (including the new Ateca) in showrooms. That means a new release will happen every six months. For now, Cupra will stick fairly close to SEAT, but at least one of the models will be only available under the new brand.
Just like the Leon Cupra R (below) and Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition, the fast Ateca will soon be available as exclusive special editions. These are expected to be limited to fewer than 1,000 units, and will include equipment and aesthetic enhancements that aren’t available on the standard Cupra Ateca. It’s not known whether special editions will feature more power, but the 296hp 2.0-litre engine provides plenty of speed for most!
With seven models due in just a few years’ time, it’s likely that most of the current SEAT range will soon feature a fast version. Here is our prediction of the remaining Cupra cars you’ll soon be able to buy:
The new version of the Leon has been spotted testing a lot recently, and it’s due to be officially revealed in 2019. A Cupra Leon is likely to follow in 2020, with upwards of 300hp and the option of four-wheel-drive.
It’s almost inevitable that a performance version of the Leon estate will follow soon after the hatchback. Although slightly more expensive than the hatch, the ST will offer permanent four-wheel-drive and the practicality of the large estate body.
As we’ve reported, the Arona SUV is likely to be one of the next Cupra-badged cars. It’ll produce around 200hp from either a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine or a hybrid system, and will hit 62mph from a standstill in under seven seconds. There won’t be many similar alternatives if you want a small, speedy SUV.
At the official launch of the Cupra brand in February 2018, one of the cars on show was a fast Ibiza (above). Looking like a mini Leon Cupra, the Ibiza will come with large alloy wheels and the same transmission as the fast Arona. We haven’t heard much more about when it will be available, but it is likely to be one of the seven models.
Yes, even the newly revealed Tarraco will undergo the Cupra transformation. The seven-seat SUV will go up against the Skoda Kodiaq vRS. Expect other, lighter models to be faster, but a Cupra Tarraco would be the ideal car for families who still want something sporty.
A leaked image suggests how the Terramar, Cupra’s first standalone model, will look. It’ll feature a similar front-end design to the Tarraco, and will be available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model to reduce fuel consumption and emissions when you’re not driving fast.
A mix of speed, practicality and quality make the Cupra Ateca a fantastic car. If you want a fast SUV but can't stretch to a Porsche, this is the one for you.
A leaked image may show how the first Cupra-only model will look. It'll have all of the sharp design cues you'd expect, and plenty of power too.