Here she is, the striking new CUPRA Ateca. This is a mid-life facelift, but it feels like CUPRA have upped the stakes here both in design and performance.
The new CUPRA Ateca can now hit 0-60 in under 5 seconds at 4.9. The pre-facelift version took 5.2 seconds.
Design-wise we can see a much more aggressive front with the lower bumper featuring a similar design to the CUPRA Formentor.
Read on and we’ll get into the details….
Engine and chassis
No surprises on the engine front. The new CUPRA Ateca comes with the tried and tested 2.0 litre TSI engine, producing 300PS and 400Nm of torque. This allows the car to reach 0-62 in 4.9 seconds. The top speed is 153mph.
A seven-speed DSG box is standard. In case you didn’t get the memo, DSG boxes are standard on all CUPRA models now and in the future. No more manual CUPRA’s.
The 4Drive system is an updated generation from the previous model. It is integrated into the rear axle and sits at the end of the drive shaft, in front of the rear differential, improving weight distribution and reducing inertia.
The chassis has been tweaked over the previous model so expect a slightly more responsive and controlled feel to the ride.
The steering and throttle response have been tinkered with as well.
As has now also become standard on CUPRA models the CUPRA Ateca comes with four driver profiles. These are “Normal”, “Sport”, “CUPRA” and “individual”, the last one allowing you to configure various settings to your personal preferences.
Like the recently unveiled 2020 SEAT Ateca the new CUPRA Ateca is slightly longer by 10mm, than the previous model thanks to the new bumper design. CUPRA have also increased the front and rear track to 1,575 at the front and 1,549 at the rear.
18″ Brembo brakes will be available as an option.
Exterior and colours
CUPRA has made the most changes at the front of the car. The new LED headlights are narrower and more aggressive (same as the 2020 SEAT Ateca), and there is a new bumper design, most noticeable is the lower dark aluminium diffuser which gives the car a mean appearance from the front. This is similar to the CUPRA Formentor.
At the side the car is fitted with striking 19″ wheels which will be available as an option with a copper finish as seen in the pictures. The standard black CUPRA brake calipers are 17″, and as mtioned above, 18″ Brembos in copper colour will be an option (these are shown in the picutres as well).
The rear of the car has new rear full LED lamps with “dynamic” indicators which visually help confirm the intended direction of travel.
The CUPRA Ateca will be available in six metallic paint colours: “Energy Blue”, “Dark Camouflage”, “Velvet Red”, “Rhodium Grey”, “Reflex Silver”, and “Nevada White”.
Inside the cabin
Leather Bucket seats are now standard.
A new steering wheel, as seen on the new CUPRA Leon and CUPRA Formentor, features the engine start button and driving profile button with the CUPRA logo.
The digital cockpit is also standard,
The dash features copper and dark aluminium detailing around the vents and touch screen. There are also four illuminated USB C ports, two in the front and two for the rear passengers.
Always on connectivity
Like the new SEAT Leon, the CUPRA Ateca has an embedded SIM (eSIM),
The built-in eSIM allows connectivity to a dedicated APP were you can do things like lock and unlock doors, find the location of the vehicle and other driving data.
It can also automatically place an emergency call should the vehicle be in an accident.
Safety and assistance features
As standard the CUPRA Ateca comes with Pre-Crash Assist, Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Travel Assist, Emergency Assist and Side and Exit Assist.
We have included videos below showing some of the safety and assistance features available on the new CUPRA Ateca.
Technical data – 2020 CUPRA Ateca
|Cylinder / valves||4 cylinders / 16 valves|
|Bore and stroke||82.5 x 92.8|
|Max. Power||221kW (300PS)|
|0 to 62mph (100 km/h)||4.9 secs|
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