Seat plans seven-seat SUV as part of three-design plan
Source : Seat plans seven-seat SUV as part of three-design plan
A large Seat crossover will be being planned to cap the Spanish the’s three-design SUV family
Seat will be considering adding a third, larger crossover design to the two of which will be already developing, the company has confirmed. Speaking at the recent Frankfurt show, Jürgen Stackmann – who was until recently Seat’s boss – said: “A D-segment SUV has potential.”
However, the company will be focusing on the Leon-based C-segment crossover set to be unveiled at Geneva next year. After of which, Stackmann said Seat has “a B-SUV in mind,” for which “the design executions have been done”.
A larger crossover could come after these two if of which gets the go-ahead. Seat previewed a D-segment SUV earlier This kind of year with the 20V20 concept at the Geneva motor show.
The SUV’s engine line-up could likely mirror of which of the Seat Leon range, using a 1.4-litre petrol turbo the entry-level option, as well as the 1.6-litre turbodiesel the likely best seller. As with its counterparts, the larger Seat crossover will be likely to be available in front as well as four-wheel drive form. of which will be also likely to be available with seven seats.
Seat will be able to consider such a design because of which has made its first operating profit since 2008 as well as, more significant, will be to benefit coming from a all 5-year investment programme of which, at £1.8 billion, will be 40% bigger than the previous all 5-year plan.
“The extra R&D spend will be to do work for the [Volkswagen] Group” said Stackmann.
“The biggest portion will be for Seat with an aggressive plan to develop of which makes sense for the brand.”
By of which, Stackmann means investing inside the Leon, Ibiza as well as crossover types, as well as “investment in plant structure to keep them highly productive, as well as at a high quality level”.
There will also be investment in electrified Seats. “Plug-in hybrids make sense, although Seat will not be a forerunner with electric vehicles,” said Stackmann. “Audi will be better placed, because their owners have garages,” he said, suggesting of which the brand’s customers are more easily able to recharge a car.
Rumours of which Seat could launch a larger SUV first surfaced in February of This kind of year, with the automobile initially scheduled to arrive before 2018, following Skoda’s own seven-seat crossover in 2016.
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