There will soon be a new Nissan Qashqai rival in town – we take a look at the 20V20, which previews SEAT’s new small crossover offering
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Spanish firm SEAT has unveiled the all new 20V20 concept car. It certainly looks interesting, but what is it exactly? We take a look at the details, and pick out five things worth knowing.
1. It’s only a concept… for now
Although the 20V20 is officially only a concept, SEAT sources say that the model is “highlighting how we intend to develop our brand’s design language.” The name stands for Vision 2020, and expect many of the cues from this car to find their way onto the rest of the range very soon – or at least by 2020!
2. It’s a mini SUV
That means a production model will rival the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and new Renault Kadjar. The market has largely been dominated by Nissan for years, and only now are other companies starting to catch up.
3. It’s sharply styled
SEAT believes the concept offers “the combination of a four-door coupe with elegance of an SUV, and the versatility of a hatchback”. It certainly looks like a handsome thing – instantly recognisable as a SEAT, but sharper and more contemporary. The 20-inch alloys won’t necessarily make it to production models, but the distinctive full LED headlights probably will, given that they’re included on the SEAT Leon. The triangle theme continues at the back of the car in the angular tail lights.
4. The cabin looks rather swish
The basic architecture of the cabin bears a resemblance to the Leon, though the infotainment systems and materials used look far more modern. A large touchscreen display sits in the middle of the dash, and takes car of the entertainment functionality and safety features. Everything else is trimmed in a mix of brown and cream leather – a mix which works surprisingly well with the orange exterior paint. A big, round starter button sits in the centre console, while a dual clutch automatic gearbox is controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddles.
5. Near endless engine and drivetrain possibilities
A production version of the 20V20 is likely to be based on the versatile MQB platform which, among other things, underpins the Volkswagen Golf, the Audi TT Roadster, a range of Skodas and also some of SEAT’s current models. This means that the VW Group’s current range of turbocharged petrols and diesels will be available, offering a wide choice of performance and economy. We wouldn’t completely rule out the inclusion of a performance-oriented model featuring the 2.0-litre turbo from the Leon Cupra, either…
Take a SEAT
For now, the 20V20 remains a concept car but we’d be incredibly surprised if a version didn’t make production – any carmaker worth their salt needs an SUV these days.