Seat unveiled a new crossover coupe concept car for 2011 Geneva Motor Show called IBX. The car shows the Spanish car maker’s new design DNA and is also a testbed for an advanced hybrid powertrain.
Although the IBX is a concept car for the time being, Seat admits the this nice looking crossover might actually have a production future. Seat’s previous efforts to enter this segment were not that successful to be honest, but the IBX looks promising. The car’s a follow up to the IBE electric sports coupe they revealed last year, showcasing possible expansion of Seat’s production portfolio.
Seat IBX is aiming for the compact SUV market with a a length of 4.26 metres, width of 1.80 meters and height of 1.62 meters. It seems to be kinda inspired by the Range Rover Evouqe! In its proportions, the IBX is a sports utility vehicle, but in its appearance it is clearly a sports coupe – it is hard to imagine more accurate expression of the word “crossover”.
As for the powertrain, Seat is wat to use a zero-emission system eventually, but to get there they are developing a hybrid first. The drive concept is perfect for the mobility requirements of an urban area, while meeting personal expectations of freedom. The vehicle, with its electric range of 45 kilometres, can cover many everyday journeys – with zero local emissions and sustainable responsibility. And yet its range is not limited, personal freedom always guaranteed – unlimited mobility is supplied courtesy of the internal combustion engine.
IBX is equipped with all the efficiency technologies from the ECOMOTIVE program. In its base configuration, the IBX is set up for front wheel drive. However, a modern 4WD system might be an option for further enhanced mobility.