Design studio chief engineer Angel Lahoz said the concept will be used to inspire the design of future cars, while the manufacturer confirmed recent heavy investment in its next five-year plan will go ahead unchanged.
“It was important for us to see if we could create something that offered SUV practicality with Cupra performance; now we know we can," Lahoz said.
Although the car could feasibly be on the road tomorrow, it will remain a concept car that will influence future Seat products. Lahoz added: "The Leon SC Cross Sport, along with other concepts, will help inspire future models."
Carol Gomez, colour and trim designer on the concept, explained that part of the brief was to create a car that appealed to a younger audience: "We wanted to create something that felt young and dynamic, offering an all-road experience as well as an urban one, too,” she said.
"The Ultra Orange colour scheme could appear in the future, but the pigments on the concept can't cope with everyday UV rays so it would have to be slightly different.”
The Spanish company unveiled the high-performance, off-road-focused three-door Leon concept at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year, and was thought to be monitoring feedback on forums and at the motor show itself before making a decision on whether to build the car and put it on sale.
However the decision has now been made for the car not to be built, and it will instead be used to draw inspiration for the manufacturer’s future SUVs.