SEAT Inca

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SEAT Inca
Seat Inca.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT
Production 1996–2003
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Pacheco, Argentina
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Body style Panel van
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A03
Related SEAT Ibiza Mk2
SEAT Córdoba Mk1
Volkswagen Caddy Typ 9K
Volkswagen Polo Mk3
Volkswagen Polo Playa
Volkswagen Polo Classic
Powertrain
Engine 1.4 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.9 L I4 D
1.9 L I4 SDI
1.9 L I4 TDI
Dimensions
Length 4,207 mm (165.6 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,846 mm (72.7 in)
Chronology
Predecessor SEAT Terra
SEAT Inca (Typ 9K), side view

The SEAT Inca (Typ 9K) is a panel van manufactured by the Spanish automaker SEAT between 1996 and 2003. It was designed and assembled in Spain based on the SEAT Ibiza Mk2.

The SEAT Inca had two rear wing doors which - because they were non-symmetrical - were supposed to facilitate loading and unloading. Capable of carrying a payload of 550 kg (1,213 lb) [1] and drawing a 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) [1] braked trailer the Inca proved to be a strong work-horse in many markets.

Awards[edit]

  • 'Comercial do Ano' award in 1997, in Portugal [2]

Performance[edit]

The Inca came with 1.4 60 brake horsepower (45 kW; 61 PS)[1] and 1.6 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS)[1] petrol engines, and was also available with the tried-and-tested 64 bhp (48 kW; 65 PS)[1] 1.9 (1896cc) indirect injection diesel engine from the Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Polo, or a 90 bhp (67 kW) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel[1] in certain countries. A 64 bhp (48 kW; 65 PS) 1.9 Suction Diesel Injection (SDI) direct injection diesel with electronic control and improved economy over the indirect injection engine was also available from 1999 onwards.

Petrol Engine Top Speed Acceleration 0–80 km/h, s Acceleration 0–100 km/h, s
1.4, 44 kW (60 PS; 59 bhp) 142 km/h (88 mph)[1] 11.4[1] 18.8[1]
1.6, 55 kW (75 PS; 74 bhp) 155 km/h (96 mph)[1] 9.6[1] 15.2[1]
Diesel Engine Top Speed Acceleration 0–80 km/h, s Acceleration 0–100 km/h, s
1.9 Indirect Injection D, 47 kW (64 PS; 63 bhp) 144 km/h (89 mph)[1] 12.4[1] 20.6[1]
1.9 Direct Injection SDi, 47 kW (64 PS; 63 bhp) 144 km/h (89 mph)[1] 12.1[1] 20.1[1]
1.9 Turbo-charged Direct Injection TDI, 66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp) 165 km/h (103 mph)[1] 9.0[1] 14.0[1]

Sales and production figures[edit]

From its launch in 1996 until end of production in 2003, more than 115,000 SEAT Inca cars were produced and sold.

The total production per year of SEAT Inca cars, manufactured in SEAT and other Volkswagen group's plants, is shown in the following table (not comprising cars of other Volkswagen group brands, produced in SEAT-owned facilities) :

Model 1996 1997 1998 [3]1999 [3]2000 [4]2001 [5]2002 [6]2003[7]
SEAT Inca 17,226 19,221 16,328 15,207 11,802 7,982
SEAT Inca Kombi 7,708 8,573 5,534 5,316 3,879 2,150
Total annual production 24,934 27,794 21,862 20,523 15,681 10,132

Rebadges[edit]

VW Caddy (Typ 9K), front view
SEAT Inca, rear view

The SEAT Inca was rebadged by SEAT's parent company Volkswagen and sold under the name Volkswagen Caddy (Typ 9K). Its badge-engineered VW stablemate was identical in every respect apart from some (easily interchangeable) branding logos, and the front grille.

In the early 2000s, the Volkswagen Group had decided to shift the marketing focus of the SEAT brand to target the younger driver with an emphasis on more sporty models. Despite this move, the VW Caddy and the Inca continued to be produced at the same manufacturing facilities until the Inca was discontinued in June 2003.

The Inca name was then dropped from the SEAT line-up, but the Caddy was replaced with a new variant based on the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 platform.

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