The new face of SEAT is getting in shape, with this stunning Ford Mondeo-sized model the star of the brand’s Frankfurt stand.
The IBL is a plug-in hybrid saloon, and previews a new large family car from SEAT. But it’s expected to provide styling inspiration for the next Leon and a booted Toledo first. Both are due next year, and will use VW Golf platforms, plus engines from within the VW Group.
Video: the making of the SEAT IBL
The design is the work of new styling chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, who takes over from Luc Donkerwolke. It shows off SEAT’s dramatic face, which will grace every new model in the firm’s forthcoming line-up.
There’s a wide, flat grille at the front, in what SEAT refers to as an ‘arrow form’. Full LED headlamps are set alongside large lower air intakes. The overall shape is clean and minimalist, with short overhangs giving a coupé-like stance which is emphasised by the sloping roof and dramatic door creases. Aggressive 20-inch alloys complete the look.
Inside, a driver-oriented dash is covered in high-contrast leather and metallic red trim, with a high central transmission tunnel. The digital main display shows the data and colour choice in three modes: Travel for relaxed driving, Sport for fun, or Efficiency with a focus on fuel economy from the plug-in hybrid.
The IBL gives strong clues to the look of the replacement for the Exeo, due in 2014. It complements SEAT’s other recent concepts – the IBE compact electric sports coupé and the IBX crossover.