The confirmation of a Cupra performance sub-brand for Seat is on the cards for the Geneva motor show in March next year.
Speaking to Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show, where the firm unveiled a new Leon Cupra R, Seat boss Luca de Meo remained coy on the topic of a standalone Cupra brand but said: "We will be more precise in Geneva. Talk to us then."
He added: "I think there is potential to develop that domain of the brand. In the past Seat has been one dimensional. Cupra gives us opportunity to have another dimension."
De Meo also commented that it was looking to develop a whole range of Cupra models rather than just offering the Leon, which is currently the only performance-badged Seat. An Ateca Cupra has also been confirmed for production.
When asked about the possibility of a standalone model for Cupra, de Meo simply said: "Step by step."
It was only recently that Seat filed a series of relevant trademarks including an aggressive-looking Cupra badge not seen before, suggesting more prominence for the sporting offshoot than is currently the case.
Seat has also trademarked several names - Tango, Salsa and Bolero - from Seat's past concept cars, which further suggests potential stand-alone status for Cupra-badged models. The names were previously used for sporty concepts in three different segments.
The Salsa concept, revealed in 2000, bore more than a passing resemblance to a sporty Leon and previewed the then next-generation version of the hatchback. The Bolero took the shape of a muscular sports saloon, with discreet rear doors giving a more coupé-like profile.