Monday, February 28, 2011

Geneva Preshow: Seat IBX Small Crossover Study Hints at Production Model

This is the new Seat IBX, a concept study for a three-door small crossover that will be officially unwrapped at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The IBX appears to be a follow up on Seat's 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show Tribu concept, which never managed to reach production. This time, however, the Spanish subsidiary of the VW Group says the IBX demonstrates "a possible expansion of the SEAT product portfolio".

Like the Tribu, the IBX has also been penned by Seat's Chief Designer of former Lamborghini fame, Luc Donckerwolke. “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 Donckerwolke. “And, with this urban sports utility vehicle, we are proving that with our design, our sporty pedigree and our youthful character, we can also create a vehicle concept that is unique among SUVs.”

The relatively compact crossover model measures 4.26 meters long, 1.80 meters wide and 1.62 meters tall, which makes it smaller than VW's Tiguan SUV.

The IBX concept is fitted with a an electric motor that powers the front wheels and a battery package that offers a driving range of around 45 kilometers, or 28 miles. However, Seat stated that possible engine candidates for the production model include the firm's direct injection TDI turbo diesel and TSI turboLinkcharged gasoline units, with a modern 4WD system being an option for "further enhanced mobility".


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