07 September 2007

Seat’s little Lamborghini

New Tribu SUV concept drawn up by Murciélago designer

Seat Tribu

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 Luc Donckerwolke.

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 line-up.

We'll have a closer look at the Tribu in Frankfurt next week.

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