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. While it is not a new generation, it is possible to speak of 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 LeÃ³n.
The new SEAT Ibiza FR has been given a more distinctive appearance, both on the outside and on the inside. Thus, the body displays a front bumper specific to this model, with a honeycomb grille featuring enlarged air intakes, while the registration plate area is highlighted in black. The rear bumper is also an exclusive feature, and while the name “Ibiza” is now situated on the centre of the tailgate 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.
The new SEAT Ibiza range will comprise a total of 18 versions from launch, the result of combining the five available trim levels with a choice of 11 engines.
The engine range for the new Ibiza line will be one of the most complete and wide-ranging on the market, and has not undergone any variation with respect to the current line-up.
It features power units that are well-known and of proven efficiency. The petrol range starts with the 1.2 12V developing 64 hp, and also includes the 1.4 16V generating 75 hp – with manual or automatic gearbox – the 1.4 16V with 100 hp and the 1.8 20V turbo, with two versions developing 150 and 180 hp, which are exclusive to the Ibiza FR and the Ibiza Cupra respectively. All of these engines come with five-speed manual gearboxes (apart from the automatic gearbox).
For diesel buyers there are five options, all with direct-injection TDI technology – two 1.4 litre and three 1.9 litre engines. The 1.4 with 70 hp is the entry-level engine. The other 1.4 version offers an extra 10 hp. The third engine in the 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 1.9 160 hp, the most powerful diesel in the Ibiza’s segment. These last two power units come with six-speed manual gearboxes, and the other three engines with five-speed manual gearboxes.