Seat has unveiled its second-generation IBE concept car at the Paris motor show.
The IBE is an electric vehicle whose styling is said to give clear hints to the looks of the next Leon.
It is a full 20cm shorter than even an Ibiza, at just 3.83m and was originally shown at Geneva earlier this year, but that concept lacked full running gear or an interior.
The Paris car has a 101bhp, front-mounted electric motor, and lithium-ion batteries that slot under the boot floor at the rear. It has 148lb ft of torque from zero revs, enough to take the 1100kg IBE from 0-31mph in 6.6sec and to 62mph in 9.7sec.
Battery range for the car is set at around 130km (81 miles); Seat claims this is “ample” for most daily commutes.
The IBE’s interior showcases a number of communication technologies; its owner can check on the car’s status using a smartphone app, and ‘drag’ songs from devices such as an iPhone on to the car’s built-in audio system.
Seat president James Muir said, “The IBE leaves no room for doubt: the future will find Seat offering the most innovative, bold and youthful cars in their respective segments, without sacrificing anything in terms of usability.”