2016 Seat crossover to rival Qashqai

New crossover will be based on Seat Leon and VW Golf underpinnings

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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. 

The new model is expected to be influenced by the recent IBX concept car and will be built in the company’s Spanish factory on the same underpinnings as the Seat Leon and VW Golf.

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.

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