The Ateca, which first launched in 2016, has become one of the Spanish firm’s biggest selling models, shifting more than 300,000 units since it was first introduced. The mid-life external tweaks for the SUV are subtle as a result, including new front and rear bumpers which have increased its total length by 18mm.
Further changes include a redesigned grille and reshaped LED headlamps, while full LED tail-lamps have also been introduced along with dynamic indicators for top-level FR and Xperience trims. New exhaust pipes also feature, while the Ateca receives the handwriting-style logo badge first used on the new Leon.
Sportier FR models gain new trim for greater visual differentiation, while the new Xperience spec replaces the outgoing Xcellence model. Although not as extensively modified as the old Leon Xperience, the flagship Ateca does benefit from off-road styling additions including black plastic lower trim, an aluminium-finish valance and side mouldings and body coloured wheelarch surrounds. Additional colours are also available across the range.
Interior changes are focused on technology, with the Ateca featuring the firm’s latest 10.25in digital cockpit (standard on top models) alongside an upgraded infotainment system. That features a new interface and screen sizes of 8.25in or 9.25in depending on model, plus a new, more natural voice recognition system, embedded eSIM for connected services, wireless phone charging as standard across the range and four illuminated type C USB connectors. A smartphone app also allows you to control and monitor various aspects of the car.
Further cabin upgrades include a claimed boost to fit and finish, with new door designs and panel stitching. A newly designed steering wheel is brought in, alongside matte plastic finishes and multi colour ambient lighting.
There has been mild revisions to the Ateca’s engine range, including a revised 1.0 TSI three cylinder petrol with a new combustion process and variable geometry turbocharger to improve efficiency by a claimed 10%. The four-cylinder 1.5 TSI unit continues as before with cylinder deactivation and both manual and DSG options, while a DSG and all-wheel drive-only 187bhp 2.0 TSI tops the range.
The 1.6-litre diesel unit has been ditched, with an entry 113bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel claiming better performance and greater efficiency. A 148bhp version is also available, while all diesels now feature a twin-dosing SCR system to cut NOx emissions significantly. No hybrid variants have been announced at launch, however.
The Ateca’s safety assist tally now includes pre-crash assist and predictive active cruise control, which uses the sat-nav and front-mounted camera to amend the cruising speed depending on the road layout and hazards ahead. Top models get new side and exit assist features, giving warnings and braking if an oncoming hazard is detected when reversing and spotting vehicles in adjacent lanes up to 70m behind. A trailer assist function is also added.
First examples of the new Ateca will arrive in the third quarter of 2020. Prices have yet to be announced but may rise slightly over the old car.