Volkswagen Group, the largest carmaker in Europe plans to build a new SUV, but this time under the Seat brand, Automotive news of Europe reports citing some internals close to the matter.
The new Seat SUV is to be assembled in the Czech Republic at Skoda’s plant in Kvasiny alongside with the next generation Skoda Yeti compact, mostly because production costs are much lower than in Martorell, Spain.
However, for the moment the Germans are to approve the new SUV ; Vw investigates if Seat can afford a new model considering that the Spanish division is losing money every day, even if the new Toledo and Mii boosted Seat’s sales by 10 percent in the first 10 months of the year.
Seat unveiled the IBX Suv concept in 2010 during the Geneva Motor Show, and according to some media reports, the upcoming vehicle may incorporate some styling elements send in the concept.
It was designed by Argentine Juan Manuel Diaz (the same man who designed the exterior of Alfa Romeo Mito and the line of Alfa 8C, one of the best looking car in the world) and it was presented with a diesel and petrol hybrid powertrain. In electric only, the futuristic crossover can travel up to 45 km according to Seat.
The news story comes just one day after Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport magazine announced that Audi plans to introduce a new Suv somewhere in 2015. Q2 is expected to be based on Vw’s Up! platform.