Our spy photographers have spotted the Seat SUV out testing in Europe.
Although the car seen here is only wearing marginally less camouflage than the last prototype we spotted, the mere fact that this vehicle was spotted in broad daylight, rather shrouded by driving rain and the blackness of night, means that we have a better view at Seat’s first ever crossover.
Despite the fact that the car seen here is wearing its fair share of puffy disguise panels, we can see certain elements of the 20V20 concept car peeking through. These include its squared off wheel arches and the triangular tail-light graphics.
Under the skin, the Seat crossover will based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB component matrix for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. It’s expected to be very closely related to an upcoming SUV from Skoda, which will be a size or two larger than the existing Yeti.
The Seat and Skoda crossovers will be built alongside one another at a Skoda plant in the Czech Republic. The Skoda soft-roader will make its debut prior to the end of 2015, while the Seat will follow some time in 2016.
Both Seat and Skoda SUVs will be motivated by Volkswagen’s usual array of turbocharged diesel and petrol engines. At present, no-one outside Seat knows what the SUV will be christened.
Speaking to Car Advice last year, Jurgen Stackmann, Seat’s CEO, said that the brand is “analysing opportunities in China, and once we’re in the region obviously we’ll look into Australia as well”.
He added that “with the SUV coming soon in 2016, that would be an appropriate time to enter the market”.