- Urban sports utility vehicle for an active lifestyle
- New SEAT design DNA combines SUV and sports coupé
- Conceived for an advanced hybrid powertrain application
- Possible expansion of the SEAT product range
SEAT has unveiled its latest concept car – the IBX – at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
This stunning urban sports utility vehicle (SUV) concept combines SEAT’s powerful and sporty design language with a self-confident look and distinctive proportions.
“Unique design, youthful energy and outstanding sustainability”
Its drive would come from an advanced hybrid powertrain that combines zero-emissions electromobility in the city with the extensive cross-country range of an internal combustion engine.
The IBX demonstrates the evolutionary development of SEAT’s new design language – which was first seen in last year’s IBE concept – in a completely different vehicle architecture: an exciting crossover between SUV and sports coupé.
The IBX is a dynamic and uniquely designed alternative to traditional compact SUVs. Its combination of compact dimensions and wide-ranging versatility makes it ideal for city- drivers who enjoy active lifestyles.
“This design DNA will have a profound impact on every one of our models”
“With the IBX, we are once again demonstrating just how intensively we are working on the renewal of the SEAT brand, and how determined we are to develop for the future,” said James Muir, President of SEAT SA.
“The IBX represents the values of the SEAT brand perfectly – with its unique design, its youthful energy and its outstanding sustainability as a result of its hybrid drive concept. Even though a decision has yet to be taken, we could certainly envisage the IBX as a future expansion of our product portfolio.”
The IBX is the latest concept car to give a promising insight into the ongoing development of SEAT’s design DNA. The pure forms, the precise lines and the exact surfaces of the IBX convey the same distinctive design language that, in its modernity, sustains and strengthens the SEAT identity.
As the first evolution of SEAT’s new design line, the IBX demonstrates just how well this design language works in combination with a completely different vehicle architecture and significantly larger dimensions. In its proportions the IBX is a sports utility vehicle, but in its appearance it is clearly a sports coupé. It is hard to imagine a more accurate expression of the word ‘crossover’.
“The IBX was created from the gene pool of our next vehicle generation. This design DNA will have a profound impact on every one of our models,” said SEAT’s Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke.
“With this urban sports utility vehicle we are proving that with our design, our sporty pedigree and our youthful character, we can also create a vehicle concept that is unique among SUVs.”
Compact format with powerful proportions
At just 4.26 metres in length the IBX is relatively compact, but its width of 1.80 metres and height of 1.62 metres give it powerful proportions. Although the IBX possesses the full versatility and utility of an SUV, with its two doors, stretched roofline and distinctive rear roof pillar, it’s the perfect crossover between a sports utility vehicle and a classic sports coupé.
The front of the IBX is defined by LED headlamps that are as sophisticated as they are distinctive. They display the characteristic V that is a hallmark of the SEAT arrow design. The entire front end bears this arrow shape, with the IBX’s radiator grille and bonnet also picking up the V-form.
The surfaces above the wheel arches are clearly accentuated in their lines like carefully toned, sinuous muscles. Equally distinctive are the air intakes low down on the front end and the widely positioned integrated fog lamps, which reinforce the impression of width and power.
Meanwhile the side view of the IBX emphasises its powerful stature. The clearly defined shoulder, powerful, three-dimensional flanks and sharply differentiated surfaces underscore the dynamic look, as do the large wheels that feature an aerodynamic five twin-spoke design. Typical of SEAT are the two distinctive scores that run from the front wheel arch into the door and over the rear wheel arch.
The length of the stretched roofline is further emphasised by the rear spoiler and the narrow, horizontal glass surfaces along the sides, with the distinctive trapezoidal roof pillar creating an impression of exceptional solidity. The sharply cut exterior mirror is mounted on the door, as on a sports car. Sharp precision is also evident in the slender, recessed door openers.
The rear end adopts the characteristic form of the front and reinterprets it. The rear LED lights and rear windscreen, which has an additional angle in the centre, also bear the arrow motif, while the suggestion of a diffuser beneath the bumper surface derives its form from the front air intakes.
The entire vehicle bears no extraneous ornamentation. Every single line structures the volume and surfaces of the car. This consistently applied reduction of form and precision in every detail are fixed features of the SEAT design philosophy.
Flexible mobility and environmental responsibility
The modern, young lifestyle has many facets with endless options for job and leisure time and for friends and family, meaning cars now need to be just as multi-faceted.
The IBX is ideal for these requirements. It has plenty of interior space and is agile and compact enough to meet the demands of urban driving. Its height of 1.62 metres also gives its driver a lofty seating position that improves visibility – and safety – in dense urban traffic.
The powertrain concept is perfect for the mobility requirements of urban residents. The IBX can travel 45 kilometres on electrical power alone, meaning most everyday journeys can be made with zero local emissions.
But its range isn’t limited – personal freedom is always guaranteed and unlimited mobility supplied by its internal combustion engine. Possible combustion-engine candidates are SEAT’s existing TDI and TSI engines. The IBX is also equipped with SEAT’s state-of-the-art Ecomotive technologies.
In its base configuration, the IBX is set up for front-wheel drive. However, a modern four-wheel drive system might be an option for further enhanced mobility.