Seat IBX crossover concept revealed

The smaller crossover SUV is designed to bridge the gap between a hatchback’s driving costs but the practicality and raised driving position of an SUV.

Designed to compete with the Nissan Juke, the Seat IBX concept is designed using clear, crisp lines and a sloping coupe roofline complete with panoramic glass roof.

The compact size – it measures 4.26 metres long and 1.8 metres wide – means it is a small, three-door car.

This should benefit CO2 emissions and fuel economy in a potential production model. So far, Seat has only hinted at an ‘advanced hybrid powertrain’, but it also confirmed engines will be sourced from parent company Volkswagen.

These include direct injection TDI and TSI engines from the current Seat range, and four-wheel drive options would be expected to be included on any production model.

As expected from a concept, the design features LED lights at the front and rear and imposing allow wheels. However, the design will have several practical uses alongside a future production version.

"The IBX was created from the gene pool of our next vehicle generation. This design DNA will have a profound impact on every one of our models," said SEAT Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke.

The crossover market is growing quickly in the UK, where Seat has targeted a market share double that of its current figure, which sits under two per cent.

This means the Seat IBX concept could be considered as a new model for Seat dealerships.

According to James Muir, President of Seat: "Even though a decision has yet to be taken, we could certainly envisage the IBX as a future expansion of our product portfolio."