Killer Titch

A substantially revised SEAT Arosa will make its catwalk debut at this month's Paris Motor Show. It will then hot-tyre it off to Birmingham to take the centre podium at SEAT's stand at the British International Motor Show before hitting the brand's UK showrooms in time for Christmas.

This Arosa is the sixth new or revamped SEAT launched by the company in the last two years. With its introduction, the whole range now shares the brand's distinctive face with a single nostril, centre grille and black-framed headlights. Those of the new Arosa will get anyone with a fetish for automotive jewellery particularly excited. Twin head-lamps, one much larger than the other, covered by a clear lens rimmed in black now give the Arosa real rear view mirror attitude if you're being pursued by one. While the car's tail-lights will have our lamp fetishist beside himself with their so-called "polygeometrical" design - that's a combination of circles and triangles to the rest of us. To open up the tailgate of the Arosa, you now flip the SEAT "S" badge just as you would on a Leon or Ibiza which, at the risk of sounding exceptionally sad, is a delight to watch as it glides back into place after use.

Like its exterior, the interior of SEAT's baby has been considerably funk-ed up. The most obvious change is a new dashboard covered in pixel-inlay trim with twin instruments under a single half-circle binnacle.

The Arosa line-up for the UK market is likely to consist of four models: 1.0 S 50 bhp, 1.4 S automatic 60 bhp, 1.4 TDi PD S 75 bhp, and 1.4 16V Sport with 100 bhp. The TDi PD is a new-to-SEAT, extremely clever, three cylinder diesel engine which employs pump injection technology to give mega torque for so small a unit (and rapid in-gear acceleration) with outstanding fuel economy and low engine emissions. Tech spec will be given out at the Paris Show with UK prices likely to be confirmed at our own motor show. As a guestimate for now, the range will be priced from under £7000 to under £10,000 with every Arosa being equipped with a minimum of twin airbags, power steering, remote control central locking and electric front windows fitting its new positioning as a sophisticated little car that larges it on quality and attitude.