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Seat IBE concept car

Seat IBE concept car

Seat IBE concept car

Seat IBE concept car
Make Seat
Model IBE
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine Electric

Not content with just receiving Audi's hand-me-down in the form of the Exelero - basically the old Audi A4 but with a SEAT badge - the company is now going after the Audi A3's shape - although the IBE is much, much smaller.

Seat are calling the IBE concept a sports coupe, but it's clearly hatchback based - they've just sealed up the hatch. But then it's not really the styling that's supposed to be the defining feature of the concept, it's the electric powersource, a first from Seat.

Mounted up front is an electric motor which produces up to 102 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. The lithium-ion battery pack is located at the rear to help balance out weight distribution. The all-electric drivetrain allows the IBE to get to 62 mph in 9.4 seconds. Not fast, but easily able to keep pace with traffic both inside and outside the city.

With the IBE concept Seat is showing that even lower budget manufacturers are well on their way to developing production vehicles which have usable full-electric drivetrains.

James Muir, President of SEAT 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."

It's just a shame they didn't come up with a body design which was more exciting or original.

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