• Mar 3rd 2008 at 11:27AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the SEAT Bocanegra Concept

SEAT is set to unveil the Bocanegra Concept tomorrow during the first press day of the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, and it previews the upcoming replacement for the production Ibiza model. For those familiar with the rather homely looking Ibiza, the Bocanegra (which literally means "black mouth") should be a welcome portent of things to come. SEAT, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, was always supposed to be the Kia to Volkswagen's Hyundai, but has not done a great job of mixing performance and low prices together. Well, it got the latter down. The Bocanegra Concept, however, sports an aggressive, expressive design that, while not altogether original (we see Euro Focus and BMW 1-Series cues), is a major leap forward for the Spanish brand. Sources say the concept's sheetmetal is pretty darn close to what the production model will be when it debuts later this year at the Madrid Motor Show, and the hatch will also be offered in a five-door version. The concept interior, however, will likely be warmed over for production. Expect a full smattering of motors that you would also find in any small VW on sale in Europe.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      wow I love the looks. If they keep it like this I'll buy be jealous of Europeans
      • 7 Years Ago
      what cues can you see from series 1? if the whole side comes from a concept almost 5 years old?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Provocative, I like it. Nice to see de'Silva stick with that familial "broken" shoulder line, distinctive touch. Not big on what he did between IROC Concept and production Scirocco, though, and I hope this makes a better transition.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm afraid Da Silva is no more the designer of SEAT, but Luc Dunkerwolke who was the former designer of Lamborgini.

        Impressive work for the Ibiza. I'm waiting for the real car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seat was selling 800.000 cars at 90s beginning, when Audi was doing 500.000, even today Seat sells more than double that Alfa and Lancia.. together so, make no mistake, Seat is not KIA for VW, it is an excelent brand with a lack of inversion and a real purpose for it in the VW Group management

      New Ibiza could change all of this and picturse show a car that could make even better that the current one... very succesful itself
        • 7 Years Ago
        It really isn't fair; I think that this car is absolutely gorgeous, and would definitely be one that would make it in my top 3 contenders for my next ride, just on looks alone, but of course we won't get it here in the states.

        I sometimes hate the US for our limited car selection.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a huge step forward for Seat!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My favorite part of the design is the character line running up from the doors, over the front wheel arch, over top of the headlights, and ending at the grille. Its especially interesting because it is an outward crease along the doors, but transitions to an inward crease over the wheel arch.
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