The upcoming SEAT SUV will be "a design you'd expect from us," according to CEO Jurgen Stackmann. Already confirmed for a 2016 launch, the MQB-based VW Tiguan rival is extremely close to being signed off, with a world debut expected at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.
"The design phase is close to being finished. It's a design you'd expect from us with the brand," Stackmann revealed.
Stackmann's comments tally perfectly with those of Alejandro Mesonero, SEAT's design boss who said: "The car is done, it's a bigger brother of the Leon. The next Ibiza will be a bigger step because it comes after."
When asked whether a hot Cupra model was in the plan, as shown in our artist's illustration, Stackmann replied: "We have to see how far we can expand the elements of the SEAT brand. Cupra is a day to day family car, but also a racer, we need to see if this is something that works for an SUV."
Andreas Offmann, SEAT Vice President for Sales and Marketing added: "The first prototypes are running, there's no delay and the car is wonderful. We are extremely excited."
Offmann also expanded on the possibility of a smaller Nissan Juke-sized SUV: "There is not one manufacturer that is not investigating this. Let's just say there are plenty of projects in the pipeline and ideas and we have all the VW Group technology to use."