Volkswagen Group-owned Spanish brand Seat plans to launch a sub-compact crossover by the end of 2017, revealed a company official speaking to Automotive News Europe. This indirectly hints that the sub-compact crossover would be based on the next generation B-Segment Ibiza sub-compact hatchback.
It was reported in May that the Seat Ibiza, which has been in its fourth generation since 2008, is likely to enter fifth generation in 2017 and it will spawn a crossover version too. Both the hatchback and crossover will be underpinned by the Group’s MQB architecture and borrow design cues from the Seat 20V20 concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
It was also reported in May company is planning a slew of crossovers/SUVs to make the most of the fast-growing segment. According to this report, the first Seat crossover will go on sale next year. It will also be based on MQB platform and will be built by Czech sister brand Skoda in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, alongside a Skoda-branded version of the same. The SUV would compete with the Renault Captur and the Fiat 500X.
The 20V20 concept, previewing a larger SUV, will evolve into a production version and be launched towards the end of the decade. However, if the company is able to create brand acceptance in the segment before 2020, the its launch may be advanced.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]