A Seat crossover to rival the Nissan Qashqai will launch in 2016.
Speaking at the company’s annual results meeting, Seat boss Jurgen Stackman confirmed that Seat’s long-held ambitions to build a family crossover have finally been given the go-ahead.
"This is great news. It takes Seat into new territory in one of the largest and fastest-growing segments in the world," said Stackmann, confirming the car would be built.
Company insiders have also told What Car? that the crossover is likely to be a five-seater only. Seat is also reported to be working on a smaller, Nissan Juke sized crossover, as well as a larger seven-seater.
It’s expected that both front- and four-wheel-drive versions will be available, powered by the VW Group’s latest four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Initially at least, the car is unlikely to get the VW Group’s plug-in hybrid technology.
The new crossover is seen as key to boosting Seat’s appeal and annual sales, and will spearhead a new family of crossovers for the brand. A small, Nissan Juke sized crossover is due to launch in 2017, while a seven-seater is mooted for launch in 2018.