Seat will offer more Cupra performance models in the future, says a new report from Autocar. The Cupra models are currently offered on the Ibiza and Leon. In a conversation with the publication, Seat Chairman Jurgen Stackmann suggested that the performance sub-brand is likely to expand through larger cars in the future.
Mr. Stackmann also hinted at TDI diesel engine-powered Cupra models. He says that the idea of a high-performance diesel Cupra is not bad but the challenge is how to make one and price it affordably, because offering power and performance with a diesel engine at a level which Cupra models offer can be quite expensive. If the company is able to offer the Cupra level of performance and value at an affordable price, then a Cupra diesel can be expected.
Coming back to the point of adding more models to the Cupra range, the Chairman reportedly confirmed that the forthcoming Seat 20V20 concept (unveiled at 2015 Geneva Motor Show)-based compact crossover that will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, is being considered for the Cupra treatment.
A soon to be implemented Cupra plan is the launch the facelifted Ibiza Cupra with a 6-speed manual transmission. It will be launched later this year.