After numerous reports, Seat has finally confirmed intentions to introduce a compact SUV sometime in 2016.

After numerous reports, Seat has finally confirmed intentions to introduce a compact SUV sometime in 2016.

The company's first ever crossover has been in development for almost two years at the Martorell facility in Spain and it will ride on a modified variant of Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture. The vehicle will be sold with a standard front-wheel drive system and an optional all-wheel drive arrangement while under the hood we expect to find just about the same engines powering the Leon lineup.

Although it will be the first crossover / compact SUV to wear the Seat badge, the Spanish company has been producing such a body style since 2011 when they started assembling Audi's Q3 at the aforementioned Martorell factory.

Note: 2011 Seat IBX concept pictured.

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