SEAT has announced it is working on a smaller crossover that will be launched in 2017 and will slot underneath the recently introduced Ateca.

SEAT has announced it is working on a smaller crossover that will be launched in 2017 and will slot underneath the recently introduced Ateca.

Tucked away in a press release talking about the company’s 2015 results, the news comes to confirm a report published last year about a baby crossover. The new high-riding model is being described as an “all-road crossover” which will be developed and built at home in Martorell, Spain.

SEAT hasn’t released any other details about the sub-Ateca crossover, but it’s pretty clear it will be based on the next-gen Ibiza which is also pinned for a 2017 launch. It will ride on a shorter version of the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform and most likely the model will only come with a front-wheel drive setup.

Chances are the new SEAT Ibiza will be introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, so the crossover will likely be unveiled later that year in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There are already talks of a hot CUPRA version for the subcompact crossover, but we’ll have to wait to hear more on this topic.

As for the 2015 results, the company posted a growth in sales for the third year in a row, managing to deliver more than 400,000 units. The Spaniards closed 2015 with an after-tax profit of €6 million which doesn’t sound like much, but it’s an exceptional result if we compare it to 2014 when SEAT had a €66-million loss. Moreover, average earnings per car rose by 3.5%, so now the folks from Martorell are making more money with each vehicle delivered.

Note: SEAT IBX concept pictured.

Source: SEAT

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