*Significantly restyled exterior, with a higher quality, more attractive interior design that underscores the Ibiza’s dynamic and sporty aspects even further
*A range of 18 versions, including the exclusive, high-performance FR and Cupra, will all be available from launch
*Four distinct suspension settings
The most successful and best-known SEAT model, the Ibiza, has undergone a profound transformation, both in terms of its exterior styling and its interior design. Although it is not a new generation, it can be considered a new Ibiza since the restyling of its body emphasises its sporty and dynamic characteristics even further. At the same time, its appearance is now more consistent with the rest of the new SEAT range, as it features elements from the Altea, Toledo and León.
The new SEAT Ibiza also features major improvements in terms of the look of its interior, which now uses even higher-quality materials. One example is the new trim finish and colours on the dashboard and the door panels. The applies to the upholstery, which is even more up to date and attractive in appearance.
Right from launch, the new Ibiza range will comprise five trim levels: Reference, Stylance, Sport, FR and Cupra. The aesthetic transformation of the model is the same for the first three trim levels, except for wheel sizes and minor differences in equipment, while the FR and Cupra feature specific modifications to accentuate their sportier character.
The most significant changes to be seen on the new Ibiza are the new bumpers, new wheels, the colour of the rear light clusters, the twin headlights across the entire range, and visible tailpipe – for versions featuring engines of 100 hp or more. In addition, the “Ibiza” badge is now positioned at the centre of the tailgate beneath the large trademark “S” that doubles as a boot handle, as seen on the latest generation of SEAT models.
Ibiza FR, sportier and more exclusive
The new SEAT Ibiza FR has been given a sportier appearance, both on the outside and on the inside. Thus, the body features a front bumper specific to this model, with a honeycomb grille incorporating enlarged air intakes, while the number plate area is highlighted in black. The design of the rear bumper is also exclusive, and while the name “Ibiza” is now situated on the centre of the hatch as for the other trim levels, the letters “FR” are positioned on the right-hand side. Other particularly distinctive features are the 17” wheels with a specific design, and double chrome tailpipes.
Adopting elements of style from the Altea FR, the inside of the Ibiza FR boasts a sportier appearance thanks to the seats – which offer excellent lateral support – and the steering wheel, gear stick and upholstery, which are all exclusive to this model. Finally, the stamped metal letters “FR” appear on the lower part of the leather steering wheel, on the gearknob along with the gearshift pattern – also with a metallic finish – and in the centre of the upper part of the front seat backs.
The most potent diesel in its segment and up to 180 hp in petrol engines
The engine range for the new Ibiza line is one of the most complete and wide-ranging on the market, with a choice of 11 engines, including the 75 hp 1.4 16V with manual or automatic gearbox.
It features power units that are well-known and of proven efficiency. The petrol range starts with the 64 hp 1.2, and also includes the 75 hp 1.4 16V, 100 hp 1.4 and the 150 and 180 hp 1.8, which are exclusive to the Ibiza FR and the Ibiza Cupra respectively. All of these engines come with five-speed manual gearboxes.
The outstanding diesel range – which consists of five options, all with direct-injection TDI technology – includes the Cupra’s 1.9 160 hp, the most powerful diesel in the Ibiza’s segment. The other four comprise two economical 1.4 litre and two further high-performing 1.9 litre engines. The 1.4 with 70 and 80hp are the entry-level engines. The mid-range is the 1.9 litre developing 100 hp, while the top end of the range features the 1.9 with 130 hp (for the Ibiza FR) and the Cupra’s 160 hp 1.9. These last two power units come with six-speed manual gearboxes, and the other three engines with five-speed manual gearboxes. All five engines fulfil the Euro IV emissions standard.
A chassis suited to different driving styles
The chassis of the new Ibiza adapts to different needs with four distinct versions according to trim level and driving styles. The Reference and Stylance versions feature a standard chassis that provides comfort and stability; the Sport version goes a step further in effectiveness; the FR version features greater agility and road-handling; and last, but not least, the Cupra version caters to those who seek the high performance of a race car. Although the suspension is essentially the same for all Ibiza models, the spring and shock-absorber settings and the diameter of the anti-roll bars are what distinguishes the various models from each other.
In addition, the model features an electro-hydraulic steering system common to all trim levels, although with three different settings, and naturally ABS is standard across the range. ESP is also standard on the Cupra and optionally available on other versions that generate 70 hp or more.
Made in Spain
The new Ibiza will be manufactured exclusively at the Martorell factory, and the first units will be available in the sales network at the beginning of March.
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Source: Seat Press Release