Following on from the recent look at selected next generation VW and Audi models, this report examines certain future Seat, Cupra and Škoda models.
The Arona, a 4,138 mm long SUV, remains one of SEAT’s best performers. Launched towards the end of 2017, the model still has two or more years of production remaining. A mid-life facelift took place in 2021.
In theory, there should be a successor in 2024/2025 but the company is yet to confirm that this will happen. This applies equally to the Ibiza, which is on more or less the same production life cadence and uses an identical architecture.
Will we see a follow-up to the Ateca? This is a curious model with its pricier and therefore more profitable Cupra equivalent overshadowing the SEAT original. The fact that there has not been even a hint in the form of a concept seems to suggest that a second generation model may not be forthcoming.
As for the Leon, SEAT could arguably give it a second facelift in 2026/2027 and keep it in production until the end of the decade. That is presuming that the brand will survive.
The name of Cupra’s so-called ‘urban small EV’ will be Raval, the brand’s CEO has stated. Due in 2026, it should be sized somewhere between 3.7 and 4.1 metres.
MEB Entry will be the platform, meaning this will be a front-wheel drive model. The Volkswagen Group has confirmed too that the little Cupra will be manufactured at Martorell alongside a small EV for Škoda.
The lack of any stated equivalent for SEAT has led to speculation that the brand might eventually be replaced by Cupra.
While the Raval takes the sports-premium marque down into the A/B segment for the first time, its presence in larger classes will be expanded. That commences next year with the addition of the Terramar, an electrified SUV-coupé.
To be available with mild-hybrid and plug-in-hybrid powertrains, the Terramar will be produced by Audi at its Gyor plant in northwest Hungary. Revealed in prototype form by Cupra at an event in June 2022, the 4.5 m long model will come down the same line as the Audi Q3 Sportback. The models will share not only a platform but likely engines and transmissions.
Larger still is the future Tavascan, which, will be electric-only. Already, a concept has been shown, this being claimed to have two motors with a combined output of 225 kW (306 PS) and a 77 kWh battery pack.
Cupra’s largest model will also be the brand’s second EV once it is launched in 2024. The Tavascan can be thought of an equivalent to the VW ID.4 and ID.5 in the way that the Born relates to the ID.3.
In December 2022, the Volkswagen Group revealed that the Tavascan will be manufactured at a JAC-Volkswagen JV plant in Anhui. This MEB architecture model will be the first Cupra to be built in China. There will also be right-hand drive production for relevant countries.
It might be struggling in China but Škoda is flourishing in Europe. The brand’s line-up is set to expand too, with a small electric SUV among the additions.
To be twinned with the Volkswagen ‘ID.2’, the new entry-level model should be called ‘Elroq’. Production will take place in Spain. The small EV could also replace the Karoq.
In addition to the entry level e-SUV, Škoda will gain a small electric hatchback. It too will be closely linked to a VW model.
In 2025, we should see mid-cycle updates for the Enyaq and Enyaq Coupe, their successors being due in 2028. And a year after these facelifts, the replacements for the Scala and Kamiq would be due - each has just been given a mid-life makeover.
With the range expanded in smaller segments, the brand’s attention then turns to the Octavia-size class in 2026 with the arrival of a new electric estate.
There is no confirmed name for the plug-in wagon as yet but it should be positioned below the Superb. A new generation of the latter will by then be two years old - the next hatchback and estate are due to be revealed this coming November. A new Kodiaq (see image above) will also debut by year-end.