After the success of SEAT last year, with the firm’s turnover rising by 11% in 2013 to 8.3 million, SEAT have been caught testing an Ibiza crossover.
SEAT has recently been linked to a rapid expansion of its SUV line-up. The new SEAT Ibiza is due to go on sale in 2017 and an early development prototype and will rival the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. It is yet to have a name, although SEAT have been registering potential badges late last year. Rumoured for the name is Teqta, Teroqa and Iqna.
The new SEAT is a hybrid of car models. The rear lights, shoulder and roofline have been taken from the SEAT Ateca and the bulky bumpers and body work mirror a pumped up pseudo 4×4 design. This will be the second SUV in SEAT’s car line-up. The car will be Ibiza-based baby SUV. The inside will mostly remain the same from the next generation Ibiza with options such as Apple CarPlay. The car will be getting produced in Martorell near Barcelona.
SEAT Boss Luca de Meo said “This is excellent news for both the brand and for our main factory,” said de Meo. “Since it is the fastest growing segment and represents a firm step to become the third pillar of the company, with the families of the Ibiza and Leon.”
SEAT’s new SUV is likely to debut at Geneva’s Motor Show.