Seat is considering adding a third, larger crossover model to the two it is already developing, the company has confirmed. Speaking at the recent Frankfurt show, Jürgen Stackmann - who was until recently Seat's boss - said: “A D-segment SUV has potential.”
However, the company is focusing on the Leon-based C-segment crossover set to be unveiled at Geneva next year. After that, Stackmann said Seat has “a B-SUV in mind,” for which “the design executions have been done”.
A larger crossover would come after these two if it gets the go-ahead. Seat previewed a D-segment SUV earlier this year with the 20V20 concept at the Geneva motor show.
The SUV's engine line-up would likely mirror that of the Seat Leon range, with a 1.4-litre petrol turbo the entry-level option, and the 1.6-litre turbodiesel the likely best seller. As with its counterparts, the larger Seat crossover is expected to be available in front and four-wheel drive form. It is also expected to be available with seven seats.
Seat is able to consider such a model because it has made its first operating profit since 2008 and, more significant, is to benefit from a five-year investment programme that, at £1.8 billion, is 40% bigger than the previous five-year plan.