Seat IBE Paris Concept

SEAT sets a firm course for electro-mobility - with the SEAT IBE Paris Concept car.

Driving fun and dynamics are at the forefront with the SEAT IBE, as is clearly evident with just one look at the red paintwork of the concept car. The little sports car is low and wide, with powerful proportions and a concentrated gaze delivered by the razor-sharp lines of its LED headlamps. With its short body length of only 3.83 meters, it is the ideal fit for the urban mobility of the young and young at heart. And the SEAT IBE combines perfectly its sports car character with innovative technology. The all-electric drive facilitates local zero-emissions driving fun, while the powerful motor with 75 kW (102 hp) and the low weight delivered by intelligent mixed-material construction guarantee refined performance.

Alongside the technical concept, the design of the SEAT IBE also points to an exciting future. Its athletic styling and clear, precise lines indicate the next evolutionary step in the SEAT design DNA. Style elements with unmistakable character - reduced to the minimum but perfectly executed - demonstrate the strategic quality of SEAT design in the development of future model generations.

The SEAT IBE Paris Concept takes a unique approach to combining dynamic design and compact sporting character with incredible usability. It is conceived for the urban conurbations of Europe, like Paris, London, Berlin or Barcelona. Here is where the IBE will come into its own with zero-emissions driving fun, exceptional maneuverability, an impressive amount of space - and, of course, with a cool look courtesy of its clear and extroverted design language.

"Zero-emissions mobility in urban areas is becoming increasingly important," says Frank Bekemeier, Executive Vice-President for SEAT responsible for Research and Development. "SEAT is developing innovative concepts for these new challenges. The IBE is a very special combination of compactness, usability and style, which makes it unique."

The SEAT IBE Paris Concept is a super-compact 2+2 sports coupé. At just 3.83 metres short, it undercuts the successful SEAT Ibiza by around 20 centimeters. Yet, at an unusually wide 1.77 metres and only 123 centimeters high, the IBE possesses the classic proportions of a sports car.

As a 2+2, the SEAT IBE Paris Concept is perfect for the lifestyle and requirements of the young or young at heart. There is ample space for two, with plenty room in the back for the option of a trip for four. The luggage compartment is sufficient for a shopping trip, while the folding rear seat backs offer additional space for leisure gear, sport equipment or weekend luggage. The rear seat backs can be folded individually to form a flat surface that is level with the floor of the luggage compartment. The IBE can also be used as a three-seater, with plenty of room for luggage.

The SEAT IBE Paris Concept is an all-electric vehicle that generates zero local emissions and has a package layout optimized for this new technology. The drive motor is located together with the power electronics at the front of the car. Their compact dimensions facilitate the extremely flat and dynamic contour of the bonnet. The lithium-ion battery is positioned in the rear. Thanks to an incredibly compact independent rear suspension layout, the energy storage unit fits beneath the floor of the luggage compartment. With a maximum output of 75 kW (102 hp) and 200 Nm of torque, the power unit delivers exactly the kind of dynamic driving fun promised by the exterior styling.

The city dash from 0 to 50 km/h takes only 3.6 seconds; within 6.6 seconds, the IBE has reached 80 km/h, and after only 9.7 seconds it arrives at 100 km/h. This impressive performance is a function not only of the powerful off-the-line characteristics of the electric motor, but also the low weight of the SEAT IBE Paris Concept, which tips the scales at only 1,100 kilograms. Intelligent lightweight engineering is the key, as well as the proven technological efficiency of aluminium and steel in its construction.

The continuous power rating is limited to 50 kW (68 hp), with the top speed pegged at 160 km/h - which is more than enough to cut an impressive figure even on urban motorways. Battery capacity is 18 kWh and set up for a range of around 130 kilometres, which is plenty to cover all the daily mobility requirements of city life.

SEAT offers a solution of compelling logic for the demands of the mobile generation for connectivity and infotainment. The basis is the owner's individual smart phone - such as an iPhone. Nowadays, these devices are more than just communications centres for phone and e-mail; they store their owners' contacts and their music selection, they can navigate, receive traffic updates from the internet... the list goes on. The number of functions available today is virtually inexhaustible.

The exterior design of the SEAT IBE Paris Concept also delivers an exciting glimpse into the ongoing development of the SEAT design language. The powerful proportions, the purist forms, the precise lines and the exact surfaces convey the characteristic SEAT identity with their consistent and unique design language. "The IBE is a gene pool for our next generation of vehicles," says SEAT Head of Design Luc Donckerwolke. "Many of its elements describe our design language going forward. And it demonstrates how well driving pleasure and ecology come together at SEAT. Driving will be lots of fun in the electric age, too - at least it will in a SEAT."

The IBE cuts an impressive figure from the very first glance, with its powerful stature and its classic sports car proportions. The two-door package also looks very sporty, with its extremely low bonnet and long roofline. Yet it interprets these styling elements in a unique way, in a compact format and optimized for urban mobility. Together with the 19-inch wheels, the short front overhang and the muscular rear with virtually no overhang add to the highly charged and compact look.

The side profile of the IBE emphasizes its powerful stature - the long roofline, with the dark-tinted glass roof providing a clear contrast to the rich red of the paintwork. The broad shoulders, the narrow glass surfaces, the powerfully formed flanks and the large diameter wheels with their aerodynamically optimized, double-spoke design all underscore the dynamic appearance. Yet the 175 format tires are very reasonably sized - and thanks to their low rolling resistance, they contribute to the high efficiency of the electric concept car.

Source: Seat press

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