SEAT Tribu

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SEAT Tribu
Seat Tribu.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT, S.A.
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Designer Luc Donckerwolke
Body and chassis
Class Crossover SUV
Body style 3 & 5-door compact SUV
Layout Transverse front engine,
on-demand four-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35)
Related Volkswagen Tiguan
Škoda Yeti
Audi Q3

The SEAT Tribu is a compact crossover SUV anticipated to be built by the Spanish automaker SEAT, S.A..[1]

Concept car[edit]

The first time when the Tribu name was used by SEAT was at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show for a concept car which featured three doors and four bucket seats.[1] This concept was the first project designed entirely by Luc Donckerwolke, the former Lamborghini designer who since 2005 is appointed SEAT's Design Director.[1]

Production model[edit]

In August 2008, official SEAT designs of a production model were submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and subsequently leaked.[2][3] The concept car had suffered radical changes, featuring five doors[3] and a more conventional boot opening. Several car magazines were quick to turn these official gray-scale pictures into computer generated images that show the Tribu in near final form, as a rebadged version of the Volkswagen Tiguan.[1][3]

Since then, though it has never been clearly stated it will be finally given the production go-ahead in SEAT's main plant at Martorell, Spain,[3] next to the upcoming Audi Q3,[4] in September 2009 its launch has been announced to be deferred in order to ensure a reasonable return on the company's existing recently launched or updated models such as the Exeo and Ibiza. The introduction of the Tribù would not take place until after production of the Audi Q3, scheduled for 2011, had been successfully implemented at the company's Martorell plant.[5] Ultimately the schedule of a possible launch of an SUV under the Tribu name has been affected by the 2009 tie-up of Suzuki with the Volkswagen Group - i.e. SEAT's parent company - in terms of co-ordinating synergies out of the development of a new small crossover SUV basis.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SEAT Tribu concept set for Frankfurt". MotorAuthority.com. High Gear Media. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "SEAT Tribu's final design as patented by SEAT in the World Intellectual Property Organization - International Registrations Resulting from International Applications Governed Exclusively or Partly by the 1999 Act and/or the 1960 Act". WIPO.int. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Early look at SEAT's upcoming Tribu SUV". MotorAuthority.com. High Gear Media. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Motor Show: Frankfurt 2007: SEAT Tribu". Channel4.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Bernd Ostmann (Ed) (10 September 2009). "SEAT-SUV verzögert sich". Auto, Motor und Sport. Heft 20 2009: Page 8. 
  6. ^ VW and Suzuki move closer together with joint projects http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/Industry-News/VW-and-Suzuki-move-closer-together-with-joint-Vitara-and-SX4/

External links[edit]

  • SEAT.com - international corporate portal