The new SEAT Taracco PHEV is the absolutely first plug-in hybrid

Seat Tarraco FR plug-in hybrid The petrol-electric powertrain produces 242bhp and outputs electrically—the only range of over 31 miles in a seven-seat SUV

The electrification roll-out seat has begun with the plug-in hybrid Tarraco, which will be first unveiled to the public next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Available for order in the first half of 2020, the diesel-electric SUV will be launched for the first time by any of the group's non-premium brands. That includes the Volkswagen brand, which showed the Tiguan GTE back in 2016 that never made production.

In Tarraco Feb uses turbocharged 1.4 liter petrol engine, putting out 148bhp. It's paired with a 113bhp electric motor powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery. Total system power is listed at 242bhp and 295lb ft. A similar transmission to the Volkswagen Passat GTD, albeit with a chunk more power, meaning it will be the most powerful version of the Tarraco.

The powertrain is adequate to provide a top speed of 135mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.4sec for a five- or seven-seat SUV. Official fuel consumption has not yet been quoted prior to homologation, and CO2 emissions are found to be less than 50 g/km. The seat claims electrically-only range of "greater than" 31 miles. The model will go on sale in the first half of 2020.

The seat also has the opportunity to debut a new level of fr for the Taracco trim with a variant presented on the Russian car market. Expected to roll out in circles at the same time as the hybrid, it brings sporty styling including a bespoke grille and bumpers, wider wheel arches, body-specific 19 and 20-inch wheels, a restyled rear end and new badging.


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