Seat shows 2nd generation IBE concept in Paris
30 September 2010 | Seat is setting a clear course for electro-mobility with the unveiling at the 2010 Paris Motor Show of its latest generation Seat IBE concept car. This week in the French capital the Spanish brand is presenting its clear vision of a super-compact sports coupé for urban mobility in the near future.
The first version of the Seat IBE was presented in Geneva earlier this year and, since then, its design, technology and interior have been further developed. Making its debut in Paris is an interior which is incredibly spacious and versatile for a vehicle of this format, as well as an innovative concept for individualised connectivity and infotainment.
The little sports car is low and wide, with powerful proportions and a concentrated gaze delivered by the razor-sharp lines of its LED headlamps. With its short body length of only 3.83 metres it is amied at the urban mobility of the young and young at heart. The all-electric drive facilitates local zero-emissions driving fun, while the motor with 75 kW (102 PS) and the low weight delivered by intelligent mixed-material construction promise refined performance.
The Seat IBE is an all-electric vehicle that generates zero local emissions and has a package layout optimized for this new technology. The drive motor is located together with the power electronics at the front of the car. Their compact dimensions facilitate the extremely flat and dynamic contour of the bonnet. The lithium-ion battery is positioned in the rear.
Thanks to a compact independent rear suspension layout, the energy storage unit fits beneath the floor of the luggage compartment. With a maximum output of 75 kW (102 PS) and 200 Nm of torque, the city dash from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) takes only 3.6 seconds; within 6.6 seconds, the IBE has reached 80 km/h (50 mph), and after only 9.7 seconds it arrives at 100 km/h (62 mph). This performance is a function not only of the powerful off-the-line characteristics of the electric motor, but also the low weight of the car which tips the scales at only 1,100 kilograms.
The continuous power rating is limited to 50 kW (68 PS), with the top speed pegged at 160 km/h (100 mph). Battery capacity is 18 kWh and set up for a range of around 130 kilometres (81 miles), which is ample for the daily mobility requirements of city life.
In the Paris show car the driver can use a wireless application to connect his smart phone, such as an iPhone, to the car and conduct an on-line check of its systems, including the battery and a trip computer display.
An album or a song can be selected from the smart phone and played through the car's sound system by pressing the 'drag to car' option. The dash screen and the steering wheel touch controls simplify operating and navigating the integrated infotainment menus.
Furthermore, all manner of assistance and navigation functions can be used via special apps, and multimedia content stored in the device can be downloaded and accessed.