The car is characterized by clean, precise lines and by a premium feel which is particularly evident in the interior.
The IBL Concept has a length of 4.67 meters, a width of 1.85 meters and a wheelbase of 2.71 meters that gives the car short overhangs and, in combination with the dynamic roofline, suggests a four-door coupé look.
“IBL is all about emotion. Love at first sight. But this first impression is something that is meant to last thanks to its timeless elegant design,” explained Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, the new Head of SEAT Design.
“The IBL was created from the unique design DNA that will prevail right across our next vehicle generation. The IBL is certainly more than a saloon; it is the SEAT interpretation of a very sporty four-door. With it, we are also demonstrating that we can apply our elegant dynamics and our youthful character to a full-size vehicle concept, too, making it unique and unmistakable.”
At the front, the IBL is characterized by the full LED headlamps and by the “arrow”, a core element of the brand’s design recalled by the hood and the five-sided grille.
The distinctive air intakes on the lower part of the front spoiler have a linear form and are inspired by the design of an electronic circuit board, creating a visual connection to the zero local emissions of the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The air intakes are designed in black and red and framed with fine chrome lines that emphasize both the vehicle’s breadth and its premium character.
The side view is dominated bythe large 20-inch wheels which have a sophisticated design featuring single and double spokes.
The dynamic, sharp line running the full length of the flanks and the chrome line around the greenhouse add visual length to the side view.
The small fold-out door handles and the aluminum of the exterior mirror supports demonstrate the minimalist approach.
The rear end features sharply-cut LED lights, a bumper indicated by just a character and a finely sculpted rear diffuser.
The atmosphere is defined by light, matte leather surfaces, which contrasts with the sporty black leather accents and the trim elements painted in the same rich red color of the exterior.
The form of the dashboard, which almost seems to hang suspended in space, is a further aspect that adds to the impression of lightness.
The cockpit is clearly oriented towards the driver. A one-piece, curved glass surface covers the complete instrument panel all the way to the secondary display in the centre of the cockpit.
The main display behind the steering wheel is fully digital and can be freely programmed to suit the preferences of the driver.
Information can be presented either in the form of classic analogue dials or as a digital information system.
Says Alejandro Mesonero: “The interior of IBL is in total harmony with its exterior design. It is definitely a place where you want to be, and to be seen.”
The information hierarchy and color scheme can be selected from three programs – “Travel” for relaxed driving, “Sport” for concentrated driving fun, or “Efficiency” when the focus is on the fuel efficiency of the plug-in hybrid drive.
The second display in the centre of the dashboard is dedicated to the extensive communications and information systems.
The navigation system, for example, incorporates data from Google Earth and real-time traffic information into its route recommendations. The information systems are operated via two touch pads integrated into the steering wheel spokes – completely intuitively with both thumbs.
Particular attention was dedicated to the the climate control: virtually the entire upper side of the cockpit is conceived as large-surface air vent, facilitating draught-free ventilation.
Targeted air flow is handled via individual air channels, integrated into the displays for minimal visual impact.
The air channels have been designed with precisely executed frames machined from solid aluminum.