Premiered at the 2011 Geneva Show, the IBX Concept is compact and sporty SUV powered by a hybrid system.
The hypothetic drivetrain – could adopt TDI engines and deliver an electric range of 45 km.
The main proportions are defined by the length of 4.26 meters, a width of 1.80 meters and a height of 1.62 meters.
The two-door, coupé-like silhouette adopts an evolution of the design language introduced by the Spanish carmaker in 2010 with the IBE Concept, characterized by precise, sharp surfaces and crease lines.
The full-LED lights give a hi-tech touch and carry on the the V-shape theme, a trademark element of Seat’s arrow design.
“The IBX was created from the gene pool of our next vehicle generation. This design DNA will have a profound impact on every one of our models,” says SEAT Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke.
“And, with this urban sports utility vehicle, we are proving that with our design, our sporty pedigree and our youthful character, we can also create a vehicle concept that is unique among SUVs.”
Below we report the official description of the IBX Concept’s exterior.
The front of the SEAT IBX is defined by headlamps in full-LED technology that are as sophisticated as they are distinctive. They display the characteristic V that is a hallmark of the SEAT arrow design. The entire front end bears this arrow shape, with radiator grille and bonnet also picking up the V-form.
The surfaces above the wheel arches are clearly accentuated in their lines like carefully toned, sinuous muscle. Equally distinctive are the air intakes low down on the front end and featuring integrated fog lamps – their wide positioning reinforces the impression of width and power.
The side view of the IBX emphasises its powerful stature – a clearly defined shoulder, the powerful, three-dimensional flanks and the sharply differentiated surfaces underscore the dynamic look, as do the large wheels featuring an aerodynamic five twin-spoke design.
Typical for SEAT are the two distinctive scores that run from the front wheel arch into the door and over the rear wheel arch.
The length of the stretched roofline is further emphasised by the rear spoiler and the narrow horizontal of the glass surfaces along the sides, with the distinctive, trapezoidal roof pillar creating the impression of exceptional solidity.
The sharply cut exterior mirror is mounted on the door, as on a sports car. Sharp precision is also evident in the slender, recessed door openers.
The rear end adopts the characteristic form of the front and reinterprets it.
The rear lights in LED light-guide technology and the rear windscreen with its additional angle in the centre also bear the arrow motif, while the suggestion of a diffuser beneath the bumper surface derives its form from the front air intakes.