Volkswagen Group-owned Seat brand is considering expanding its product portfolio with a range of offerings in the crossover/SUV segment, suggests a new report from Automotive News Europe. Citing a conversation with CEO Juergen Stackmann, the report says that the brand is mulling a family of SUVs. The company will commence sales of its first crossover next year. It will be based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and be built at sister brand Skoda’s plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, alongside Skoda-branded version of the same. The company wants to create a new brand identity using its offerings in the crossover/SUV segment.
Mr. Stackmann said that 2020 is the time frame for launch of a larger SUV but if the company succeeds creating brand acceptance in that segment before 2020, it may prepond the new SUV’s launch. This SUV would be evolved from the 20V20 concept. The Spanish automaker introduced the 20V20 SUV concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept will not only spawn a new vehicle in this segment, but also direct the design and styling of the brand’s other future vehicles.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]