Following on the heels of the recently announced Skoda Citigo (see News pages at www.eurotuner.com) is the almost identical SEAT Mii city car.
The Mii is said to combine SEAT’s sporty Mediterranean design with the best craftsmanship and scope for personalization. Moreover, it should offer value-for-money and low maintenance costs to make driving a Mii easily attainable.
Sales of the Mii will begin in SEAT’s Spanish home market before the end of the year, with the rest of Europe following in Spring 2012. It will come to market as a three-door; with the five-door version following in 2012.
The new SEAT will be offered with all-new 1.0-liter gasoline engines boasting 60 and 75hp output. Combined with the vehicle’s low weight of 1882 lb, they guarantee agility and efficiency.
The Mii will be a leader in technology, with City Safety Assist, for instance, adding an extra dimension of safety in the city, while the SEAT Portable System brings together entertainment, navigation, phone and vehicle functions in an entirely new way.
The Mii is said to be recognizable as a member of the SEAT family by its front end that carries forward the typical arrow visual, while its profile is distinguished by powerful wheel arches and slender roof pillars. The rear end shows a new form of light design with triangular lamp units.
Modern clarity and functionality are defining aspects of the interior. The premium surfaces can be individualized using colored trim from the various equipment lines. Its seats are also new – with integrated head restraints that offer flair while being comfortable and suited to long-distance driving.
Systematic lightweight design means the base weight of the Mii is only 1882 lb. Its bodyshell is formed largely from high-strength and form-hardened steels. Thanks to its stiffness, the car delivers a high-quality feel and excellent passive safety. Side airbags are standard equipment and are particularly large for optimum protection of head and upper body.
The three-cylinder, one-liter powerplant is light, compact and smooth-running. With outputs of 60 or 75hp, top speeds stand at 99mph or 106mph respectively, while fuel consumption on the combined cycle is measured at 52 and 40mpg US. With a generous 9-gallon US tank volume, it offers considerable range between fill-ups.
There are two Ecomotive versions of the Mii. Thanks to a start/stop system, brake energy recuperation and further consumption-lowering initiatives, they make do with just 56mpg US, which equates to a CO2 figure of just 97g/km. In Continental Europe, the little SEAT will also be offered with compressed natural gas engineering. This lowers CO2 emissions to just 86g/km, making the Mii one of the cleanest cars in the world.
Furthermore, as an alternative to a manual transmission, the Mii is also available with an automated manual gearbox that boasts two electric motors to help