Seat Leon Verde plug-in hybrid concept

Seat to introduce first plug-in hybrids and EVs by 2020, plans 3 crossovers

July 2, 2015

Loss-making Volkswagen Group company Seat will introduce plug-in hybrid and electric models by the end of this decade, says a fresh report from Auto Express.

Chairman Jurgen Stackmann told the publication the question is not if the brand will turn electric, but it’s a question of when. The Spanish marque has easy access to sustainable technologies from its parent group for the segment it offers its products in, but currently has zero demand for electric cars.

The company is currently focusing on the 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine and TGI compressed natural gas engine for its cars, Mr. Stackmann said.

The brand’s core models Leon and Ibiza will be joined by three crossovers/SUVs before 2020, as per the report. The first will be a compact SUV that arrives next year. It will compete in the C-segment against the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, VW Tiguan and the likes, and the second is a sub-compact crossover that reportedly arrives by the end of 2017.

The third will be a bigger model which was previewed by the 20V20 concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and is planned to be launched around 2020.

[Source: Auto Express]

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