SEAT Tribu

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SEAT Tribu
Seat Tribu.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSEAT, S.A.
Production2007 (Concept car)
AssemblyMartorell, Spain
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Body and chassis
ClassCompact SUV (J)
Body style3-door CUV
LayoutTransverse front engine,
on-demand four-wheel drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A5 (PQ35)
RelatedVolkswagen Tiguan
Škoda Yeti
Audi Q3
Chronology
SuccessorSEAT Altea Freetrack

The SEAT Tribu was a compact SUV, concept car that was 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 3 doors and 4 bucket seats. The concept SUV was the first project designed entirely by Luc Donckerwolke, the former Lamborghini designer who since 2005 is appointed SEAT's Design Director.[1]

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] The car did not subsequently reach production, due to rough economic conditions at the time.

In March 2014, Auto Express reported that SEAT were working on a family of CUVs, with an estimated release date of 2016.[4] The vehicles will be based on the SEAT León, and are inspired by the Nissan Qashqai, and will rival it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "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 "Early look at SEAT's upcoming Tribu SUV". MotorAuthority.com. High Gear Media. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  4. ^ "New SEAT SUV confirmed for 2016". autoexpress.co.uk. March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • SEAT.com - international corporate portal