Seat Tribu Concept: design images

Concept Cars 24 Sep 2007
Seat Tribu Concept: design images

The official sketches and renderings released by Seat for the Tribu Concept, including additional information on the exterior and interior design.

From the official Press Release:

Driving Modes

Seat Tribu Concept - Design SketchThe Tribu is designed just as much for the town as it is for the country.

It offers three different driving modes (Urban, Sport or Freerun) which are characterized by unique technical parameters (engine management, suspension, transmission, etc.)

The Urban drive mode prioritises comfort, fuel economy and as emissions reduction; Sport mode enhances performance and driving dynamics; Freerun mode adjusts the engine, transmission and suspension for off-road driving.

Exterior Design

Seat Tribu Concept - Design SketchThe sporty charcacter is underlined by the hatchback profile, the 20” wheels and the dynamic line, which starts from the front section, above the headlights.

Like traditional four-wheel-drive vehicles, the Tribu features a clear separation in its outline between the body of the vehicle (the passenger compartment) and the wheels and fenders.

The concept is painted in a metallic yellow paintwork; the less exposed parts, such as the hood, are finished with a layer of shiny paint, while areas that would suffer more from the effects of minor bumps or the impact of stones are covered with matt paintwork.

Additional design elements are the visual absence of the B-pillar, the roof rack, the door mirrors that interate turn signals inside aluminium-coloured mouldings and the door handles which retract into the door when the vehicle is locked and the handles rotate on an axle when it’s being opened.

Seat Tribu Concept - exterior rendering Seat Tribu Concept - exterior rendering

The design language makes extensive use of trapezoidal geometry for many exterior parts, such as the wheel-arches, the wheel rims, the front headlights, radiator grille and air intakes.

The windscreen extends along the length blending into the panoramic roof. The rear end is characterized by the apparent lack of rear lights, which are located behind the hatchback, and can only be seen when illuminated. The rear fog lights and the reversing light are integrated onto the bumper, just like the two exhaust outlets.

Seat Tribu Concept - exterior rendering Seat Tribu Concept - exterior rendering

Another truly original design feature is the novel hatchback opening system ehich moves up along two rails in two phases: at first, the door only partially opens, enabling small items to be put in or taken out; then, the hatchback continues moving along its rails until it pivots onto the roof of the vehicle.

Interior Design

Seat Tribu Concept - Interior drawingThe interior features a modern and airy look, thanks to the joint windscreen and panoramic roof.

It offers space for four passengers, with individual bucket seats separated by a central tunnel which can be used as an armrest or drinks holder, as well as offering practical storage space.

The standard gear lever and handbrake have been removed from between the two front seats, giving the driver and front passenger more space.

The gear lever has been replaced by a sequential gear change system controlled from the steering wheel, and the handbrake by a button located on the central console. The reverse, ignition, boot opening and hazard light buttons are located next to the handbrake button.

Seat Tribu Concept - Interior drawingThe steering wheel integrates controls for the sound, mobile phone and navigation systems.

The dashboard instrumentation includes two dials (speedometer and rev counter) and a TFT touchscreen, which is available for all passengers and displays information common to the three driving modes: audio system, vehicle configuration, air conditioning.

The first auxiliary screen, located to the left of the speedometer and rev counter next to the driver’s door, gives traffic information when in Urban mode, displays speed when driving in Sport mode, and shows a compass when in Freerun mode.

The second of the auxiliary screens, located between the speedometer and the rev counter, displays pure visual information from the navigation system, speed in a digital format with a stopwatch, and finally incline, when in Urban, Sport and Freerun modes respectively.

Seat Tribu Concept - Dimensions blueprintThe third auxiliary screen is located to the right of the dials: in Urban mode it displays information from the 3D navigation system, and in Sport mode it provides information about the suspension system and tyre pressure, as well as oil temperature. In Freerun mode, a topographical navigation screen appears.

The tunnel below the dashboard features MP3 ports with USB and iPod connections, as well as an internet connection.

An original design feature is the air vent along the length of the dashboard, moving away from the traditional nozzle concept. This air conditioning system outlet has the trapezoidal shape already seen elsewhere on the Tribu such as on the footrest and pedals.

The dashboard and the door panels features inlays finished in the exterior colour of the concept car.

The materials are recyclable and easy to clean, and are intermingled with metal elements. The colour and texture is similar to neoprene black. The metal panels use the bodywork colour, and have a matt finish, to avoid shine and reflections.

(Source: Seat)

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