1 March 2011
 

Seat IBX

Seat IBX crossover concept unveiled

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1 March 2011 | Seat is continuing the development of its new design DNA with the unveiling at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show of the IBX concept car. This urban sports utility vehicle concept combines the character and sporty design language of the Spanish brand with a self-confident look and distinctive proportions. Its drive would come from an advanced hybrid powertrain that combines local zero-emissions electromobility in the city with the extensive cross-country range of an internal combustion engine.
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In laying the groundwork for Seat's new design language, the compact IBE electric sports coupé from last year met with enormous positive feedback. The IBX now demonstrates the evolutionary development of this new genetic code from Seat Design in a completely different vehicle architecture; a crossover between SUV and sports coupé.

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At a length of 4.26 metres, the Seat IBX is relatively compact. However, its width of 1.80 metres and height of 1.62 metres ensure powerful proportions. The front of the Seat IBX is defined by full LED technology headlamps. They display the characteristic V that is a hallmark of the Seat arrow design. The entire front end bears this arrow shape, with radiator grille and bonnet also picking up the V-form.

The surfaces above the wheel arches are clearly accentuated in their lines like carefully toned, sinuous muscle. Equally distinctive are the air intakes low down on the front end and featuring integrated fog lamps - their wide positioning reinforces the impression of width and power.

The vehicle, with its electric range of 45 kilometres, can cover many everyday journeys with zero local emissions. Yet its range is not limited. Personal freedom is always guaranteed and unlimited mobility supplied courtesy of the internal combustion engine.

Possible combustion engine candidates are the direct injection TDI and TSI engines from the current Seat line-up. Of course, the IBX is equipped with all the efficiency technologies from the Ecomotive programme. In its base configuration, the IBX is set up for front wheel drive. However, a modern 4WD system might be an option.

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