SEAT's first ever crossover has been spied as a Leon-bodied chassis testing mule in the Alps.

SEAT's first ever crossover has been spied as a Leon-bodied chassis testing mule in the Alps.

Spanish marque SEAT previewed its intentions to build a crossover back in 2011 with the IBX concept but the production version was confirmed only a few months ago. Seen here is a chassis testing mule wearing a high-riding Leon body but with a much larger and taller front end. The vehicle will use the hatchback's MQB platform and will be built in Czech Republic by sister brand Skoda.

Despite the connections with the Leon, SEAT's crossover will likely wear a different moniker as hinted by company boss Jurgen Stackmann who also said a hotter Cupra derivative is in the works. The crossover's design has been finalized and represents "a big step for SEAT– the car is like a big brother to the Leon", according to SEAT design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos.

SEAT has already confirmed the crossover will go on sale in 2016 so most likely an official reveal will occur at a major auto show in the second half of 2015, possibly in Frankfurt starting September 15.

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SEAT crossover chassis testing mule spied in the Alps