This is the Sear Ibz concept car, which the company says previews "a new, family-sized version of the Ibiza that will make its debut in showrooms across Europe towards the middle of next year".

As a result of its imminent on-sale date, the Ibz concept is in fact very close to how the production Seat Ibiza Sport Tourer will look, although some of the more eye-catching flourishes will no doubt be removed.

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Standout exterior features include the dramatic headlight shape, a new centre grille with honeycomb slats, the Leon-style integrated rear door handles and LED lights. A panoramic roof is also likely to be offered as an option on the production car.

The low load floor and wide rear window are also designed to highlight the car's intended use as a practical vehicle - boots space is 410 litre seats up, but Seat will only say it is "significantly extended" when the rear seats are dropped into a completely flat position.

However, Seat insists that the car will also retain a sporty character - hence the cut-off steering wheel and prominent rev counter.

The concept's interior is designed to highlight the estate's feeling of spaciousness; hence the use of light strips to pick out the dash and doors, and light colours such as the magnolia trim, and soft-touch suede on the dash and seats.

There are many genuine insights into the production car in the Ibz's interior, though: the switchgear, use of storage hooks and underfloor storage in the boot, the electronic handbrake and numerous storage compartments are all expected to echo the production car's design.

The Ibz concept is based on the hatch's chassis, and measuresf 4.22 metres in length and the same height and width as the hatch. However, access to the rear seats is improved still further via broader rear doors.

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