Cupra Australia has announced the basic specifications for its Cupra Ateca SUV, which
will initially be available in one highly specified model grade, the Cupra VZx.

The Ateca will form part of Cupra’s Australian model launch in mid-2022, which also
includes the Leon hatchback, and the Formentor crossover SUV.

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. Transmission is through a
seven-speed DSG to all four wheels.

The engine produces 221kW and 400Nm. The zero to 100km/h time of 4.9 seconds puts it
very much into sporting SUV territory.

Cupra Ateca rides on 19-inch Exclusive Sport alloy wheels in black and copper. It has full
LED headlights with daytime running lamps, automatic high beam, Driving Profile
Selection, Dynamic Chassis Control and Progressive Steering.

Cupra vehicles can be serviced within selected outlets of the Volkswagen Group network.
They will be covered by a factory-backed, five-year/ unlimited kilometre warranty. Details
of service plans will be announced closer to the local launch.

Cupra is directed within Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) by Ben Wilks who has been
with VGA since its establishment in 2001.

“Cupra represents a great opportunity for VGA as a whole,” Mr Wilks said, “Australians
love performance vehicles. Two out of three new private sales are SUVs. Cupra’s debut
Australian range nails the brief, enabling VGA to offer more of what the discerning private
customer wants.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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