(from SEAT Press
Release) SEAT SPORTCOUPÉ ‘BOCANEGRA’: An exciting
new chapter for SEAT
offers clues to the design of a key future model from SEAT
lines with a distinctly dynamic and eye-catching front end
Clear emphasis on
top notch quality and exciting innovation
At the 2008 Geneva Motor
Show, SEAT will unveil the prototype SportCoupé “Bocanegra”, a model
which brims with character and sporting style from nose to tail. For
the Spanish brand it marks the start of a product initiative
extending over the next few years, which will include the important
launch of the new-generation Ibiza as well as a new ‘B-segment’
saloon car, due to make its public debut in 2009.
Capable of conveying intense emotions at first glance, the
‘Bocanegra’ follows the aesthetic and practical vision of car design
as practised by Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Designer at SEAT.
Using the very latest technology at the recently inaugurated SEAT
Design Centre in Martorell, SEAT’s designers and engineers have
produced a vehicle that is a perfect blend of sportiness, emotion
and efficiency. The SportCoupé, with its ultra-modern, striking
styling, showcases a host of intriguing features both inside and
The eye is instantly
drawn to the spectacular front end that gives the model its name –
‘Bocanegra’ – which literally means ‘black mouth’. The top half is
capped by a stunning, dark Perspex finish from which only the
headlight units, with their state-of-the-art LED technology, peer
The two-door body boasts a clear coupé-like silhouette that is given
added emphasis by the semi-transparent black front end. Indeed, SEAT
aficionados may even spot that this car recalls distant memories of
the launch of the original ‘Bocanegra’, the legendary SEAT
The appealing effect produced with the front headlights is
complemented by the outline encircling the brand’s insignia, which
itself sports a new look. Instead of the chromed brand symbol the
classic ‘S’ appears in black, silhouetted by a chromed line. Its
depth, which makes it appear more three-dimensional, and its black
finish are elements that stand out as a clear demonstration of the
significant advance in quality already achieved by SEAT.
Another eye-catching feature in the same area is the front bumper
styling: its overall appearance is akin to that of a mask in that it
only accentuates the expressiveness and sporty nature that will be
at the very essence of the Spanish brand’s upcoming generation of
models, due to begin arriving on the market shortly.
Compact coupé body
The ‘Bocanegra’ also
makes its mark with its tight-fitting exterior comprising a low
roofline and still-compact four-metre length. This allows a perfect
synthesis of a powerful, sporty character on the one hand and, on
the other, the functionality, roominess and exemplary safety
required for catering to practically all needs. The ability to move
nimbly through city traffic comes guaranteed, while the track width
and wheelbase promise swift, comfortable progress outside the city
Moving upwards, yet another highlight of the ‘Bocanegra’s’ exciting
exterior design is a vast panoramic sunroof that allows light to
flood into the passenger compartment. Sporting a finish that matches
the dark Perspex front end, it naturally harmonises the exterior
colours for a consistent, dramatic, look.
The high-level side indicator repeaters incorporated into the door
mirrors form an additional striking feature. The mirrors, in turn,
inject an added touch of dynamism by being attached below the window
line of the new SEAT SportCoupé. This elegant design trait, with a
slender arm connecting the mirror housing to the door, creates a
truly dashing look.
Seen side on, it is the stunning 19” alloy wheels – shod with
ultra-sporty low-profile 235/35 tyres – that first grab the
attention. This is an unmistakable declaration of intent by a car
calculated to look as sporty as it feels.
Evolution of the ‘dynamic line’
The taut surfaces of the
vehicle’s flanks comprise three distinctive characteristics which
give the new prototype’s sporty character added impact and represent
a key evolution of the Spanish brand’s trademark ‘dynamic line’.
Originating from the front end and following the bonnet line down to
the centre of the door, the first line is virtually mirrored by
another that descends from the rear end’s powerful ‘shoulders’ to
the centre of the door. Both are underscored by a third line which
bridges the divide between the two wheel arches. The purpose, again,
is to clearly evoke the new sense of automotive style which SEAT now
Meanwhile, at the back of the car, it is the expressive, robust
looks generated by very boldly contoured shoulders that stand out.
Also housing the tail light units, these rear shoulders indisputably
bestow a more potent image.
Adorning the centre of the hatch is, once again, the brand insignia
which, like its counterpart at the front, sports an all-new black
look with a chrome outline and doubles as the handle for opening the
luggage compartment. Proudly displayed across the centre of the
hatch, below the insignia, is the prototype’s historic name: ‘Bocanegra’.
Lower down, these elements give way to a sporty exhaust integrated
into the centre of the rear bumper, flanked by characterful,
To round off the exterior, special mention must also be given to the
dramatic, innovative LED light units which are perfectly in keeping
with the vehicle’s innovative design. Masked by dark Perspex at the
front, and incorporated into those particularly pronounced shoulders
at the rear, the LEDs form perfect design highlights in the
undeniably sporty ‘Bocanegra’.
An avant-garde interior
Inside, SEAT’s dramatic
concept car is an impressive fusion of exciting design and
extraordinarily high quality. It is an area in which the SEAT design
team has taken meticulous care, right down to the finest detail.
One of the principal objectives for the interior styling was to
produce a space offering functional, practical elements together
with flawless quality, and this has been achieved in every respect.
The interior of the ‘Bocanegra’ is distinguished by an impressive
variety of tones and textures. Its front end is dominated by the
dashboard with its sporty, light styling. Minute attention to detail
is the key, and the centre console, where the climate control can be
found, is testimony to this.
Elsewhere inside, the height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel in
the ‘Bocanegra’ is not perfectly spherical; it has a sporty
triple-spoke design and two flattened sections on either side that
make it easier to grip. Naturally, it bears the brand insignia in
the centre, and also incorporates paddles for operating the
seven-speed DSG gearbox and controls for activating the various
functions needed to operate external devices connected to the
vehicle via Bluetooth.
As expected, the instrument cluster stays true to the brand’s sporty
styling. Positioned between the two new-look dials is a hi-tech
central screen that functions as a telephone display. Phone and
other functions are accessed using the steering wheel controls,
thereby maximising the connectivity between vehicle, driver and
other peripheral devices such as telephones.
Each dial is made up of three concentric rings with needles pointing
to the 6 o'clock position. Both incorporate the indicator signal in
the centre, with the right-hand dial including various other
telltale lamps for the vehicle's functions.
The rings are made of transparent material, the first featuring a
large scale and the second showing much more precise readings for
the rev counter and the speedometer, which both feature white
backlighting. Concluding the tour of the driver's cockpit in the
“Bocanegra” are sports pedals with metal plates.
The design of elements such as the armrest, the zone around the
central tunnel and the seats has a very light feel to it thanks to
the inclusion of leather and semi-transparent Perspex trim. The door
trim panel replicates the concept of the dashboard, deftly combining
metallic mesh sections with the colour scheme that runs throughout
The “Bocanegra” is fitted with well-designed and attractively styled
bucket seats, which offer optimum support for the occupants out on
the road. A brown leather strip runs the length of the seat's outer
perimeter, giving it a unique surface finish. The headrest is
integrated into the top section of the seat as a floating element
with a zone for communicating between the front and rear.
The interior seat sections are upholstered in quilted black leather,
reminiscent of that used in classic sports cars, while the side
bolster cushions are trimmed in brown leather to coordinate
perfectly with the interior colours.
Efficient TSI twin-turbo engine
Under the bonnet of this
exciting prototype lies a powerful and economical 1.4 twin-turbo
engine with TSI technology, which is partnered with a seven-speed
DSG gearbox. This marks a first for SEAT, which has never before
produced a model combining the 1.4 TSI twin-turbo engine and the
seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel paddles.
Coupling this highly efficient 1.4 TSI twin-turbo power unit to the
speed and sportiness of the DSG transmission promises a thoroughly
enjoyable drive for enthusiast and everyday motorist alike. Add to
this the option of operating the gearshift by means of the paddles
on the steering wheel and the sublime stability and precision of
SEAT’s signature ‘Agile Chassis’, and drivers are able to enjoy
sporty motoring at its very finest.
The 1.4 TSI twin-turbo unit in the ‘SportCoupé’ also promises modest
CO2 emissions thanks to its small displacement. Thus the ‘Bocanegra’
upholds the brand’s pledge to reduce CO2 emissions of all its engine
variants. Clearly, this promise is already being delivered with the
launch of ECOMOTIVE versions of the Ibiza and León.
At the same time, the new vehicle's considerable track width
enhances stability when driving at speed, as well as the dynamic
handling characteristics when travelling by motorway.
Dynamic and enterprising in nature, the ‘Bocanegra’ has, then, been
created to stir the emotions of those who relish sporty driving
allied to a unique style and personality. By so doing, it stays true
to the values of a brand that endeavours to produce models which
distinguish themselves through innovative design, sporty character
and exceptional quality and value.