SEAT is breaking the mould, once again, at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of its remarkable new concept car: the SEAT IBE.
The world debut of this compact sports coupe brings stunning design and great driving fun into the age of electric mobility.
The SEAT IBE concept car uses the zero-emissions drive of the future in a sporty and dynamic concept for urban mobility. Meanwhile the clean, athletic styling of the concept car gives a subtle clue to the ongoing development of the next generation of SEAT design.
Powerful proportions and a precise, clear design language define the continued evolution of the Spanish brand's design DNA.
Short, low and wide with an extremely low front end and broad shoulders - at first glance, the SEAT IBE seems to have the proportions of a classic sports car. Yet, it interprets this style genre in an innovative way to create a compact vehicle optimised for youthful living in urban areas.
James Muir, President of SEAT S.A. said: "With the IBE we are demonstrating that, for SEAT, electric mobility will always be combined with excellent design and outstanding driving fun.
"The IBE is in the best SEAT tradition of always offering the boldest and most youthful cars in its class. On top of that, our first electric concept car represents the continuation of our strategy for the future.
"Along with the huge success of the highly efficient Ecomotive models, we are now working intensively on electric mobility; and that includes plug-in hybrid drive, as well as an all-electric vehicle."
The SEAT IBE is 3.78 metres long - making it more than 25 centimetres shorter than a SEAT Ibiza - but its unusual breadth of 1.80 metres and overall height of just 122 centimetres lend it classic sports car proportions.
Classically sporty features of the two-door layout include its extremely low bonnet and long roof line. The short front overhang and muscular rear end work together with the arch-filling 19-inch wheels to underscore the car's powerful, compact look.
Visual highlights include the full LED headlamps, trademark Arrow Design nose, elongated and flattened V-shaped bonnet (made possible thanks to use of a full electric motor), broad 'shoulders' and sculpted flanks. At the back, the rear light clusters again feature LED light guide technology and once again display the 'arrow' thematic.
Tightly cut as a 2+2, the SEAT IBE is conceived for youthful lifestyles and while it has plenty of space for a couple, there is also the possibility of carrying up to four.
The SEAT IBE's motor is found beneath the extremely flat bonnet, with the lithium-ion battery positioned in the car's very short rear. With a maximum output of 75 kW (102 PS) and 200 Nm of torque, the power unit delivers exactly the kind of dynamic driving fun you might expect of a car that looks so sporty. The typical 'city dash' from 0 to 50 km/h takes only 3.4 seconds; within 6.3 seconds the SEAT IBE has reached 80 km/h and, after only 9.4 seconds, it arrives at 100 km/h.
The 1,000 kg car's continuous power rating is limited to 50 kW (68 PS), with the top speed pegged at 160 km/h - more than enough to cut an impressive dash even on urban motorways.
Battery capacity is 18 kWh, which is plenty to cover all the daily mobility requirements of city life.
It goes without saying, of course, that the SEAT IBE is equipped with the latest safety and communication systems and, in particular, is prepared for car-to-x communication. Anticipating the information network of the future, the car is even capable of exchanging data about its status or safety alerts directly with other vehicles or the traffic infrastructure.
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