Seat revealed the new IBL Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show, showing where the brand’s design is heading.
The new design language is based on two principles: minimalist exterior with an innovative, premium interior. It draws inspirations form the IBE compact electric sports coupé and the IBX crossover to introduce a new form for the Spanish car makers sedans.
At 4.67 metres long and 1.85 metres wide, the SEAT IBL falls into the full-size saloon category. Its long wheelbase of 2.71 metres gives it short overhangs front and rear, and enables powerful proportions – the essential basis of every good design.
The car features full LED headlamps designed as sharp strokes, in harmony with the air intakes low down on the front end. The concept car is also fitted for unique 20-inch wheels.
The cockpit is a work of art and seems to us production ready, as there’s nothing too fancy about it. There is a one-piece, curved glass surface covers the complete instrument panel all the way to the secondary display in the centre of the cockpit. The main display behind the steering wheel is fully digital and can be programmed to suit the driver’s preferences. Information can be presented either in the form of classic analogue dials or as a digital readout.
It also has a new infotainment system that lets you choose your sriving settings: ‘Travel’ for relaxed driving, ‘Sport’ for concentrated driving fun or ‘Efficiency’ when the focus is on the fuel efficiency of the plug-in hybrid drive.
The IBL also introduces a new kinda of fancy climate control, with the upper side of the cabin acting as large-surface air vent, facilitating draught-free ventilation. Targeted air flow is handled via individual air channels, integrated into the displays. The air channels have been designed with precisely executed frames machined from solid aluminium.