Seat says a new sport utility – a subcompact crossover will come in 2017 image

The Spanish automaker has recently taken the wraps off its first ever sport utility vehicle, the compact Ateca, but it has already announced it would move to deliver a smaller crossover that will be revealed in 2017.

Slotting underneath the Ateca in the carmaker’s lineup, the news has been tipped as a foot note of the press release that described the company’s 2015 financial results and is a confirmation of a report that made the rounds of the rumor mill last year and hinted at a baby crossover. The new model with a high-riding attitude has been called an “all-road crossover” that will be developed and produced at home in Martorell, Spain. This means the Spanish are targeting the leading models in the segment – Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 – which both exclusively feature 2WD instead of vehicles such as the Nissan Juke or Dacia Duster which also have off-road capabilities thanks to the all wheel drive versions.

There are no details released yet concerning the subcompact crossover but it’s pretty clear it would feature the platform of the upcoming new generation Ibiza, also scheduled for a release sometimes during next year. The derivatives will be based off the shortened variant of the flexible VW Group MQB platform – and the reports are calling for Ibiza’s release during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March and the crossover coming during the fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There are even rumors depicting a possible Cupra version of the crossover, but of course we’re going to take those with a healthy dose of salt.