Seat's littlest crossover to get around 150kW and performance running gear in two years time.

The Seat Arona looks set to be the next model in the Spanish brand's line-up to be fettled by its new Cupra performance sub-brand – according to a new report.

Spain's Motor.es claims the hotted-up crossover is scheduled for release in 2020 as a 2021 model, around the same time the Arona will go through a mid-life refresh.

Thanks to its MQB A0 underpinnings, the Cupra Arona could come with several engines from the Volkswagen Group stable, perhaps the 147kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot as the Polo GTI hot hatch.

Other upgrades are likely to include a larger wheel and brake package, along with chassis modifications to improve handling – not that Arona customers are looking to take their car to the racetrack, though.

Expect a range of cosmetic updates to reflect the Cupra Arona's more sporting intentions too. A body kit, dual or quad tailpipe finishers, unique badging and special interior trims like Alcantara to set it apart from lesser variants.

The Cupra Arona will be the second SUV to be launched under the performance subsidiary, following the larger Ateca – which was revealed in Cupra guise earlier this year sporting a 221kW 2.0-litre turbo from the Leon Cupra and Golf R capable of hitting triple figures in 5.4 seconds.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.

Australia

Volkswagen Group's local arm has no plans to reintroduce the Seat brand to Australia at this stage, though reports of a hot Arona could preview a hot version of the upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross or T-Roc given the Arona shares its platform with those models.

Also, Seat does have a presence in the New Zealand market, where it offers the Arona alongside the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca ranges, meaning it isn't completely irrelevant on our side of the globe.