A chassis testing mule of the 2016 SEAT crossover has been spied once again undergoing testing in the Austrian Alps.

A chassis testing mule of the 2016 SEAT crossover has been spied once again undergoing testing in the Austrian Alps.

Spanish marque SEAT is cooking up its first ever crossover which has been confirmed for a 2016 launch and will likely take styling cues from the IBX concept. Seen here is a chassis testing mule wearing a fully camouflaged Leon body stretching out in the beautiful scenery provided by the Austrian Alps. Set to use the MQB platform from the Leon, Seat will adopt a different designation for the crossover which is also bound to get a more powerful Cupra variant.

SEAT design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos has already announced the vehicle's final design has been completed and will be "a big step for SEAT - the car is like a big brother to the Leon." The crossover will actually be produced in Czech Republic by sister brand Skoda and will likely be shown in production guise at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for next September, with sales commencing early 2016.

Following the model's launch, SEAT could prepare two additional crossovers in the form of an entry-level model with front-wheel drive to take on the Renault Captur along with a larger SUV but only if there will be enough customer demand.

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