Yes, that’s right folks, another Volkswagen Group brand has unwrapped its version of the company’s new city car platform – and if nothing else the Seat Mii certainly wins the prize for cutest name.
Beyond the modest visual changes that bring the Mii into line with the rest of the Seat range, there are no major surprises here.
The Mii will come in both three- and five-door versions, with the three-door going on sale in Seat’s Spanish home market before the end of the year and the five-door following later in 2012. Europe-wide sales begin in the spring.
The car is compact, with a long wheelbase for its size and a 251-litre boot.
Powered by a choice of 59bhp and 73bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines and weighing 854kg in total, the Mii will emit as little as 97g/km CO2. Maximum speed is 106mph.
City Safety Assist and Seat Portable System
Like its VW Up! and Skoda Citigo cousins, the SEAT Mii also features technology not usually found in this class of car.
Highlight items are City Safety Assist and the Seat Portable System (apparently nobody could think of a catchier name).
City Safety Assist is an automatic braking system that monitors the distance to the vehicle in front using a laser, then does its best to avoid an accident should that vehicle suddenly stop without the driver noticing. It works at speeds up to 18mph, and aims to avoid accidents altogether. Where this is impossible, it can reduce the severity of an impact.
Read our guide to the best car safety features
Seat Portable System is a five-inch touchscreen device that incorporates voice control, the in-car computer, Bluetooth and satellite navigation. As the name suggests, it can be removed from the car and used as a handheld device.
It also includes an ‘Eco-trainer’ function, which will theoretically teach you to drive more efficiently. The Portable Device can be updated via the internet, and will be offered with increased functionality via tailor-made apps.
Three Mii trim levels
While full UK specification details are yet to be confirmed, the Mii will be available in Base, Reference and Style trim levels in Spain.
Standard equipment on the range-topping Style is said to include power windows and central locking – although this may well be upgraded before hitting dealers on these shores. As with the Skoda Citigo, Seat will certainly look to undercut big brother VW on price. Expect various option and personalisation packs to make an appearance, too.
UK pricing info for the SEAT Mii is likely to be announced early next year.
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