The SEAT Arosa (Typ 6H) is a city car that was manufactured by the Spanish automaker SEAT from 1997 to 2004. The model débuted in March 1997 at the Geneva Motor Show, while its facelifted version was presented in October 2000 at the Paris Motor Show. It shared a platform with the Volkswagen Lupo.
|Also called||Volkswagen Lupo|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||City car (A)|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A00|
|Engine||1.0 L I4|
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 16 valve
1.2 L I3 TDI
1.4 L I3 TDI
1.7 L I4 SDI
|Wheelbase||2,323 mm (91.5 in)|
|Length||3,551 mm (139.8 in)|
|Width||1,639 mm (64.5 in)|
|Height||1,460 mm (57 in)|
The successor, SEAT Mii, was launched in 21 October 2011, and has been on sale since 16 January 2012.
Pre facelift (1997–2000)Edit
The Arosa, launched in 1998, was to a large extent identical to Volkswagen's own city car which was introduced later in 1998, Volkswagen Lupo, and both cars were based on the Volkswagen Group A00 platform, a shortened version of the A03 platform used by the larger Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza.
The Arosa was initially manufactured at a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, and only in May 1998 was the production moved to SEAT facilities in Martorell, Spain. The Arosa was designed by the same man who designed the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Jozef Kabaň.
Production lasted from February 1997 to August 2000.
The model later received a facelift in October 2000. The Arosa replaced the SEAT Marbella in the Spanish brand's lineup, but itself was not replaced by any SEAT, when production ceased in June 2004. A successor eventually arrived in January 2012, with the Mii. Apart from its exterior restyling, the facelift model featured a restyled interior, with a new dashboard.
Production lasted from September 2000 to June 2004.
The Arosa was available with the following units:
- 1.0 L (999 cc) I4, 8v OHC, 37 kW (50 PS), 86 N·m (63.4 ft·lbf)
- 1.4 L (1390 cc) I4, 8v OHC, 44 kW (60 PS), 116 N·m (85.6 ft·lbf)
- 1.4 L (1390 cc) I4, 16v DOHC, 74 kW (101 PS), 128 N·m (94.4 ft·lbf)
- 1.2 L (1191 cc) TDI I3, 6v OHC, 45 kW (61 PS), 140 N·m (103.2 ft·lbf)
- 1.4 L (1422 cc) TDI I3, 6v OHC, 55 kW (75 PS), 195 N·m (143.8 ft·lbf)
- 1.7 L (1716 cc) SDI I4, 8v OHC, 44 kW (60 PS), 115 N·m (84.8 ft·lbf)
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001, SEAT presented two SEAT Arosa based concept cars:
- the 'SEAT Arosa Racer'
- the 'SEAT Arosa City Cruiser'
Sales and production figuresEdit
Since its launch in 1997 up to 2004, more than 175,000 SEAT Arosa cars have been sold and produced.
The total production per year of SEAT Arosa cars, manufactured in SEAT and other Volkswagen group plants, is shown in the following table :
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