The Arona is one of SEAT’s best-selling models. It’s a small crossover that’s been constantly updated since it hit the market in 2017. Two years ago it got a fully digital dashboard and a compressed natural gas engine, and now it’s finally time for a more detailed review.
Our photographers caught a refurbished Arona test prototype during road testing. The car is instantly recognizable as an Arona, but the thin layer of camouflage covering the front fascia hints at visual improvements.
We don’t have all the details just yet, but we expect to see a redesigned bumper and, perhaps, modified grilles along the lines of the refreshed Ateca. The headlights could also be changed for a cooler look, but you can’t expect anything else up front.
At the rear, the taillights look slightly different from the current model and we suspect the signature LED lighting could be changed. This prototype appears to be fitted with the additional bumper diffuser with integrated tailpipes that are part of the Arona FR variant.
The Arona already has a fairly emissions-friendly engine lineup and we expect the lineup to continue without major changes. Still, there could be new additions in the form of mild hybrid powertrains, but nothing has been confirmed so far. Currently, depending on the market, the Arona is available with 1.0 and 1.5 liter TSI turbo petrol engines, 1.6 TDI diesel and 1.0 TGI engine running on compressed natural gas.
The Arona is assembled at the SEAT plant in Martorell, Spain, where the Ibiza hatchback and the Audi A1 are also produced. Look for the updated crossover in the first half of next year, around four years after the model launched.