Seat IBE concept points to electric future

Presented alongside the new compact Ibiza estate, Seat says the design of the IBE concept car will influence the design of all future Seat production cars.

The 2+2 IBE has a completely electric powertrain with an output of 75KW and 200Nm of torque. Seat claims the electric motor has a range of 130km and an electronically limited top speed of 100mph.

Although it is wider (1.8m) than usual for a car designed for urban driving, it is shorter and lower than the current Seat Ibiza. The low dimensions give the IBE a sleek and sporty look.

Seat chairman James Muir said that "with the IBE, we are demonstrating that for SEAT, electric mobility will always be combined with excellent design and outstanding driving fun.

"The IBE is in the best of SEAT tradition of always offering the boldest and most youthful cars in their class. Our new concept is a reinterpretation of the widely perceived electric car. It is proportionately compact and features tremendous styling."

The Seat IBE is unlikely to be produced in its current form, but will provide a styling blueprint for future Seat cars, the Spanish manufacturer claims.

Also introduced at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the IBE was the new Seat Ibiza, due on sale in the UK in 2010.