New model will slot below the Ateca.

Seat President Luca de Meo has used the company's annual dealer meeting to announce plans to introduce a subcompact crossover in 2017.

Speaking at a special event in Barcelona’s harbor, the executive said the company is launching a new product offensive with the Ateca that will "expand and strengthen the model lineup." de Meo went on to say the Ateca will be joined by a "little brother" next year and the model will help to increase the company's presence in the booming crossover segment.

Seat declined to release details about the entry-level crossover but noted the Ateca has been well-received as 7.2 million people have shown interest in learning about the model in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom.  The company went on to say potential customers have already used the Ateca configurator 300,000 times and that number bodes well for the model's launch next month.

Little is known about the upcoming crossover but previous reports have suggested the model could be based on the next-generation Ibiza.  Nothing is official as of yet but rumors have also suggested the model could be offered exclusively with front-wheel drive.

Source: Seat

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