|Production||2007 (Concept car)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact SUV (J)|
|Body style||3-door CUV|
|Layout||Transverse front engine,|
on-demand four-wheel drive
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35)|
|Successor||SEAT Altea Freetrack|
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.
In August 2008, official SEAT designs of a production model were submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and subsequently leaked. The concept car had suffered radical changes, featuring five doors 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. 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. The vehicles will be based on the SEAT León, and are inspired by the Nissan Qashqai, and will rival it.
- "SEAT Tribu concept set for Frankfurt". MotorAuthority.com. High Gear Media. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- "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.
- "Early look at SEAT's upcoming Tribu SUV". MotorAuthority.com. High Gear Media. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- "New SEAT SUV confirmed for 2016". autoexpress.co.uk. March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- SEAT.com - international corporate portal
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