Volkswagen Group may build a Seat sports utility vehicle at Skoda's Kvasiny site in Czech Republic, sources told Automotive News. The SUV would be built alongside the next-generation Skoda Yeti compact SUV at the site, where production costs are significantly lower than at Seat’s Martorell site in Spain. Seat currently lacks an SUV or a crossover model, which are selling very well in Europe.
VW Group has yet to green-light the SUV for Seat as it is still determining whether the struggling Spanish subsidiary can afford to add the model. Seat president Juergen Stackmann remarked that the SUV would be an important strategic building block in its product offensive in Europe.
Stackmann told Automobilwoche that Seat is working on an SUV that would "fit the brand and develop another European sub-segment" for the carmaker.
Seat has been experiencing a surge in sales since rolling out the new Leon compact car range, which includes three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as a station wagon. Seat's Leon, Toledo compact and Mii minicar models allowed the carmaker to hike its sales by 10 percent to 242,487 units in the first 10 months of 2013 in EU and EFTA countries in a market that dropped 3 percent during the period, according to industry association ACEA.
Media reports had indicated that a Seat SUV could integrate styling elements seen in the Seat IBX concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva auto show. The reports also said that the SUV would be underpinned by VW Group’s MQB modular platform, which also underpins the Leon, Audi A3 and VW Golf.
After the IBE in 2010, the SEAT IBX Concept provides a significant, remarkably promising insight into the ongoing improvement of the SEAT Design world. The immaculate structures, the exact lines and the accurate surfaces of the IBX display the same exclusive design language that, in its innovation, sustains and fortifies the SEAT personality.
Perfect crossover from SUV to sports coupe
As the first evolution of this fresh design line, the SEAT IBX Concept showcases exactly how potent this design language functions in combination with a totally unique car architecture and significantly bigger dimensions. In its size, the IBX is a sports utility vehicle, yet in its appearance it is indubitably a sports roadster - it is difficult to imagine a more exact expression of the word "crossover".
The gene pool of the next generation
The SEAT IBX Concept was made from the quality pool of their next car generation. This design DNA will profoundly affect every one of its models. Furthermore, with this urban sports utility vehicle, SEAT is proving that with their design, energetic pedigree and vibrant personality, they can likewise make a car concept that is a standout among SUVs.
Compact format with powerful proportions
At a length of 4.26 meters, the SEAT IBX is generally compact. However, its width of 1.80 meters and height of 1.62 meters guarantee robust proportions. Furthermore, despite the fact that the SEAT IBX Concept has the full flexibility and usage of an SUV, with its two doors, extended roofline and distinguishable rear roof pillar, it frames the ideal crossover between sports utility vehicle and classic sports car.