Today, Seat has unveiled the IBX crossover concept at the Volkswagen Group’s pre-show party. This isn’t the Spanish firm’s first SUV concept, with the 2007 Tribu demonstrating its desire to head off-road.
The new SUV concept takes design cues first shown on the compact IBE hatchback concept and transfers them to a small three-door SUV (Seat sources admit that any production model would almost certainly have to be a five-door).
At a length of 4.26 metres, the SEAT IBX is relatively compact. However, its width of 1.80 metres and height of 1.62 metres ensure good proportions.
The front of the SEAT IBX is defined by full LED technology headlamps that are as sophisticated as they are distinctive. The entire front end bears this arrow shape, with radiator grille and bonnet also picking up the V-form. Typical of SEAT are the two distinctive scores that run from the front wheel arch into the door and over the rear wheel arch. The rear lights in LED light-guide technology and the rear windscreen with its additional angle in the centre also bear the arrow motif, while the suggestion of a diffuser beneath the bumper surface derives its form from the front air intakes.
No details surrounding the Seat concept have been released so far, with all the technical aspects expected to be revealed in the first day of the show.
The German company has invested 300 million Euros (£253million) in SEAT’s Martorell factory near Barcelona, and plans to build 80,000 cars annually – likely to be a mix of Q3s and the newcomer.