Seat will launch a Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV in 2016, company boss Jurgen Stackman has announced.
Speaking at the company’s annual results meeting, Stackman confirmed that Seat’s long-held ambitions to build a family SUV have finally been given the green light.
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 SUV is likely to be a five-seater only – no seven-seat version will be offered.
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. The car is unlikely to get the VW Group’s plug-in hybrid technology.
The new SUV is seen as key to boosting Seat’s appeal and annual sales. Before its launch, though, we will see the next Ibiza supermini and further versions of the Leon, including a four-wheel-drive estate model.