Seat took wraps off the 20V20 concept as its first-ever crossover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, a number of credible reports about the Spanish automaker’s crossover/SUV category plans have emerged. Now the company has officially announced how and when it plans to enter the segment with a production model.
The Volkswagen Group-owned company has announced that it will launch a “compact SUV” in H1 2016. It’s unclear at the moment whether the company literally means a C-segment crossover or perhaps, a sub-compact B-segment crossover. The former could possibly be a production version of the 20V20 concept, and basically, a second-gen VW Tiguan in Seat skin. If it is the latter, it would mean a crossover version of the Ibiza hatchback.
The B-segment crossover will require the Ibiza to move to its fifth generation, and an all-new Ibiza is still a year away at least. But the second-gen VW Tiguan is ready and coming to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA), and so, Seat has the basis for a compact crossover ready. This is one strong suggestion that the company’s first production crossover would be a C-segment one.
Two things are for sure, the brand’s first crossover would make use of the new design language previewed by the 20V20 concept, and be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.
Seat will spend €3.3 billion between 2015 and 2019 on equipment, facilities and R&D. The first production crossover will be followed by three new vehicles by 2017.
More information is available in the press release embedded below.