Seat has previewed its likely rival for the Volkswagen Tiguan at Geneva with this small SUV concept, called IBX.
The new show car revisits territory that Seat covered with an earlier concept, called Tribu, at the Frankfurt show in 2007. That car was the first Seat created entirely under the direction of chief designer Luc Donckerwolke — but production plans were scuppered by a mixture of the VW Group’s production strategies and the onset of the global recession.
The IBX is also Donckerwolke’s work — and Seat president James Muir believes it has potential. “We could envisage the IBX as a future expansion of our production portfolio,” he said.
The new concept takes design cues first shown on the compact IBE hatchback and transfers them to a small three-door SUV (Seat sources admit that any production model would almost certainly have to be a five-door). It’s 4.26 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.62 metres high — so shorter, narrower and slightly lower than a Tiguan.
Design features include a sharp crease along the flanks (but less surfacing than Seat’s Ibiza or Leon), LED lights and a stretched roofline that ends at a spoiler. Seat claims it blends small SUV dimensions with the styling traits of a sports coupé.