SEAT’s IBX crossover has X factor

28 Feb, 2011 6:30pm Tom Phillips

Qashqai-sized IBX crossover previews SEAT’s entry into crossover market. Hybrid powertrain could make production.

SEAT is plotting an entry into the booming crossover market. The IBX concept it’s showing at Geneva points the way to a showroom model.

This isn’t the Spanish firm’s first SUV concept, with the 2007 Tribu demonstrating its desire to head off-road. But while a number of features on the IBX aren’t likely to make production – such as the slim, door-mounted mirrors and huge alloys – it doesn’t take much to imagine the car on the road. 

That’s a view shared by SEAT boss James Muir, who said: “A decision has yet to be taken, but we could certainly envisage the IBX in our portfolio in future.”

At 4.26 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.62 metres tall, the IBX is almost exactly the same size as Nissan’s Qashqai. 

It would be built on the same production line as the imminent Audi Q3. The German company has invested 300 million Euros (£253million) in SEAT’s Martorell factory near Barcelona, and plans to build 80,000 cars annually – likely to be a mix of Q3s and the SEAT newcomer. 

The IBX features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s capable of providing up to 28 miles of zero-emissions, electric-only progress, and delivering CO2 emissions of less than 70g/km. A hybrid option is likely to make dealers, alongside the usual line-up of TSI petrol and TDI diesel units found across the VW Group. An eco-friendly Ecomotive model would be added to the range later.

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What happened to Seat being the Sporty arm of the VAG Group?. This should be the new Tiguan or the Audi crossover...... maybe they have run out of ideas for Seat.

Or are we back to the VW /Audi blanket bombing approach to each and every niche with a range of bland barely different products?

I thought it was a pre productionmodel of the Kia Sportage. Can you place two pictures of the IBX and the Sportage over eachother en publish them??? hahahaha VAG is copying the Koreans, hahahaha. Times have really changed!!!

I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but come on, this is the Sportage isn't it?

Ill drink my wee if that goes into produuction, but ill also but one...

...these concepts are all very well,but still no SEAT SUV in the showrooms. Will there ever be? Who cares anymore?