Seat are set to add to already large Leon family by launching a new sporty crossover concept. It is very early days in regards to details but more will be known once the Spanish brand unveil it fully at Frankfurt this week.
The Leon range has been a long running success story for Seat. It is not just a hatch back that follows the Ford Focus around like it perhaps was some years ago, the Leon range is now a very highly respected and desirable brand and it looks like it just got even more so with this new addition. There is a Leon hatchback, of course, but there is also the hot Cupra version that offers a lot of performance to go along with all the other plus points of the Leon. There is also the rugged X-perience estate for those needing a little bit of all terrain flexibility with their daily drive. This new concept car will add another facet to the range with a high performance crossover bringing both the Cupra and the X-perience together in what looks like a very cool car indeed.
As this is only a concept, there really isn’t much around in the way of details but Seat have been quoted as saying they want to blend “performance, dynamic design and crossover” elements from cars that already exist in the Leon range. The images Seat have released prior to a full unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show this week show a very purposeful looking car. It seems to be clearly based on the new Cupra but with a higher ride height, skid plates and body cladding from the X-perience model. There is a clear indication of performance here, and this will push this car straight into the slightly niche but very popular sports crossover segment along with the Nissan Juke R.
Along with the clear indication of performance it is pretty much a given the Sport Cross will come with four wheel drive in some form or another. The obvious choice of engine would be the Cupra power unit which pushes out 276 bhp but it would involve a lot of engineering to turn the drive train into a four wheel drive system. It may, in fact, be far easier for Seat to bring the all wheel drive system across from the Volkswagen Golf R meaning the Sport Cross could be launched with 296 bhp. This will certainly make for some serious performance stats and put the Sport Cross at the top of the Crossover pile in terms of pace if nothing else.
As with all concepts, there is no promise of it going into production at this stage. Clearly the car looks amazing and if it has performance figures nearing that of the Golf R then it would be a real shame if it was never made. However, considering the value in the crossover segment it would seem highly likely Seat have every intention of putting this car into production but only time will tell.