The grainy leaked pic of the Seat IBL we saw yesterday is authentic, and the rest of the pics show a handsome saloon from VW’s Spanish marque. Billed as a “sports saloon”, the IBL looks neat and sleek – not very expressive or full of flair, though, and a little anonymous to these eyes.

The plug-in hybrid IBL completes Seat’s trio of concept cars that previews the look of the next generation. Laying the groundwork was the IBE compact electric sports coupĂ© from Geneva 2010. The IBX that followed in this year’s Geneva show transposed the look on a crossover style vehicle. Now, a sedan.

“The IBL shows that sports saloons within the Seat brand portfolio will play an important role in future. However, this concept car does not pre-empt a specific model, but rather shows the design philosophy we are applying to bring the unmistakable Seat identity to a saloon car, too,” said James Muir, President of Seat.

Measuring 4.67 metres with a generous wheelbase of 2.71 metres, the IBL is about the size of today’s Seat Exeo, which is a reworked B7 Audi A4. The car is 1.85 metres wide. It’s fresh that a concept saloon isn’t called a “four-door coupe” by its creator – Seat says that the IBL “almost belongs in the four-door coupe category.” Hmmm…

Gallery after the jump.