Stunning SEAT IBX Crossover Concept Unveiled
SEAT are unveiling their New IBX concept car at Geneva Motor Show 2011, continuing their ambitious development. This exciting new design combines SUV and sports coupé features.
The SEAT IBX boasts a self-confident look, combining the powerful character and sporty design language of the Spanish brand. The IBX also proves exceptional utility and outstanding versatility. Its drive would come from an advanced hybrid powertrain with extensive cross-country range for an internal combustion engine, which also combines local zero-emissions electromobility in the city.
This sporty alternative in the SUV segment measures 4.26 metres long and is the perfect fit for an active lifestyle in urban areas, with a dynamic and unique design alternative, compact dimensions and wide-ranging versatility.
Following the IBE from 2010, the IBX conveys a distinctive design language that, in modernity, sustains and strengthens the SEAT identity. The unveiling of the IBX gives a promising insight into the ongoing development of the SEAT design world.
It is hard to imagine a more accurate expression of the word ‘crossover’ as in the IBX’s proportions, it is a sports utility vehicle, but in its appearance it is clearly a sports coupé.
The front of the IBX displays SEATs’ arrow design with LED technology headlamps that are as sophisticated as they are distinctive – the radiator grille and bonnet also pick up the V-form arrow shape. The air intakes low down on the front end are equally as distinctive, also featuring integrated fog lamps, reinforcing the impression of width and power and wheel arches which are clearly accentuated in their lines like carefully toned, sinuous muscle.
The side view of the IBX emphasises its powerful stature – a clearly defined shoulder, the powerful, sharply differentiated surfaces and three-dimensional flanks which all underscore the dynamic look, as do the large wheels featuring and aerodynamic five twin-spoke design. The sharply cut exterior mirror is mounted on the door, as on a sports car. Sharp precision is also evident in the slender, recessed door openers. The rear end adopts the characteristic form of the front and reinterprets it.
The vehicle, with its electric range of 45 kilometres, can cover many everyday journeys – with zero local emissions and sustainable responsibility. Personal freedom is always guaranteed and unlimited mobility supplied courtesy of the internal combustion engine. The powertrain concept is perfect for the mobility requirements of an urban area, while meeting personal expectations of freedom.
In its base configuration, the IBX is set up for front wheel drive. However, a modern 4WD system might be an option for further enhanced mobility with possible state-of-the-art direct injection TDI and TSI engines from the modern SEAT line-up and efficiency technologies such as the Ecomotive programme.
James Muir, President of SEAT, S.A. said: ‘With the IBX, we are once again demonstrating just how intensively we are working on the renewal of the SEAT brand, and how determined we are to develop for the future.
‘The IBX represents the values of the SEAT brand perfectly – with its unique design, its youthful energy and its outstanding sustainability as a result of its hybrid drive concept. Even though a decision has yet to be taken, we could certainly envisage the IBX as a future expansion of our product portfolio.’