Seat will present the Arona TGI, the hybrid version with compressed natural gas (CNG) of the urban SUV, at the Paris International Motor Show.
The Seat Arona TGI is the fourth model in the range of the Spanish brand that has a CNG propulsion system, following the León, the Ibiza and the Mii. The new SUV has been designed and developed at Seat headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), where it will also be produced, and represents another step in the vehicle development program of the Spanish brand.
The new vehicle has a 1.0-liter TGI engine with three cylinders and 12 valves, capable of offering 90 horsepower, reaching a top speed of 172 km/h and completing the 0 to 100 km/h in 12.8 seconds. The propeller is associated with a six-speed manual transmission.
This variant of the Arona incorporates the same systems as the version 1.0 liters TSI of gasoline, and integrates components that allow it to circulate with compressed natural gas. In this way, it includes three CNG tanks located under the floor of the trunk (with 282 liters capacity), a filling mouth located next to the gasoline one, stainless steel gas conduits, gas pressure sensors and an electronic pressure regulator that controls the gas distribution in the TGI engine.
Under normal temperature conditions, the Arona TGI only uses gasoline as an alternative fuel when the CNG tanks are depleted. The gas tanks have a capacity of 14.3 kilograms and provide a range of 400 km in CNG mode. Thanks to the gasoline tank, the range increases by another 160 kilometers.
The Arona TGI represents a saving in the cost per kilometer traveled of 50% compared to its petrol counterpart, 30% compared to a diesel, more than 15% compared to a vehicle powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and even 20% cheaper than a non-plug-in electric hybrid, according to company figures.