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Seat Tribu news - Seat's little Lamborghini
If you reckon you can see a bit of Lamborghini
Murciélago/Gallardo in the trapezoidal grilles afront this Seat
concept, well, you wouldn’t be the only one.
This is the Tribu, an SUV concept due to debut in Frankfurt
next week, and the first Seat to spring forth from the pen of Belgian designer
Donckerwolke was the man responsible for drawing up the
current generation of Lambos earlier this decade, and has recently moved across
the Volkswagen group to sort out Seat’s styling.
And it looks like he’s off to a good start. The Tribu is a
three-door, four-seat SUV with a coupe-style roofline and de
rigeur panoramic glass roof that retains a few familiar Seat styling
cues, but sharpens them up a whole lot.
The trapezoidal (that word seems to be turning up a lot at
Frankfurt) shapes at the front end are definitely Lambo-inspired, while we also
like the comically jacked-up ‘arches and 20-inch wheels.
Of course, they’re about as likely to make it to production
as the hidden tail-lamp clusters (they’re tucked in behind the rear hatch), but
there’s nothing wrong with a bit of high-concept stuff.
Though there’s no word on what engine might power the Tribu,
we fear there won’t be Lambo power on offer. We do at least know that that the
Tribus will have a choice of driving set-ups with adjustable suspension, engine
management and gearbox responsiveness.
Will it get made? There’s a good chance - Seat has said that
it’s looking to build a new SUV to sit alongside the Altea Freetrack in its
We’ll have a closer look at the Tribu in Frankfurt next