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2019 Seat Tarraco spied

Spanish seven-seat SUV snapped at the 'Ring
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The upcoming Seat Tarraco has been spied during performance testing at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, ahead of a European launch later this year.

Essentially Seat's version of the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the Tarraco will be the Spanish brand's first seven-seat SUV, sitting above the smaller Arona and Ateca offerings.

Up front the Tarraco gets a more angular face than its Volkswagen Group siblings in line with the wider Seat stable, though we'd argue the shape of the headlights aren't dissimilar to some of Infiniti's models.

However, the family ties with Volkswagen are more apparent through the sides and rear, with the Tarraco looking very similar to the Tiguan Allspace in terms of the overall shape and details – right down to the prominent character line through the doors and rear quarter panel, and the shape of the tail-light clusters.

We already have a good idea of how the final design will look, thanks to several teasers and leaks been published over the last six months – let us know what you think in the comments.

Powertrains haven't been confirmed at this stage, but we'd be surprised it Seat strayed from the turbocharged four-cylinder petrols and diesels available in the Skoda and Volkswagen, ranging from 1.4- to 2.0-litres in capacity, offered with manual and dual-clutch transmissions. Additionally, front- and all-wheel drive should be offered as per the Kodiaq and Tiguan.

We're interested to see whether the Tarraco will get the Cupra performance treatment too, especially since Skoda is preparing a more powerful twin-turbo diesel Kodiaq RS.

Official timing for the Seat Tarraco hasn't been confirmed by the Spanish manufacturer, but we're guessing the Paris motor show in October could serve as a good venue.

Regardless, you're unlikely to see one on Australian roads anytime soon, given Volkswagen Group Australia has shown no interest in reintroducing the Spanish brand Down Under.