News this week is that SEAT have given us the first reveal of the new Ibiza. It’s top selling model and rival to the Ford Fiesta selling over 5.4 million since it’s launch in 1984. There is going to be some big changes with the new Ibiza with some more visible than others.
It’s clear the new Ibiza looks very much like the SEAT Leon which can’t be a bad thing. In fact the new Ibiza has bulked up, using the new VW MQB AO platform the car is bigger then before. A total 87mm wider, 60mm longer and 1mm lower. The new platform gives the Ibiza reduced weight and 30% more torsion stiffness which is going to make this a seriously superb handling hot hatch.
The engines will be very similar to the rest of the VAG lineup. From launch the available engines will include a 1.0litre three-pot turbo with 94bhp or 114bhp, and a 1.6litre diesel offering 80bhp and 94bhp. Later in 2017 SEAT will launch the Ibiza with the tried and tested 1.5litre TSI with 148bhp giving the little Spanish hot hatch some serious performance.
We personally think that SEAT has taken a wrong turn with the SEAT Ibiza. In recent years the Ibiza has gained a following thanks to the Cupra and Bocanegra both sporting just 3 doors. However, the new Ibiza will only be available in 5 door perhaps limiting the interest of the younger market interested in the overall looks. Thankfully though it will be packed out with he usual technology expected from a Volkswagen product. With Beats audio, adaptive cruising, Car Play and front assist collision warning.
The new SEAT Ibiza will be at the Geneva Motorshow in March where SEAT will unveil the Ibiza before it’s launch over here in the UK in July.
Author Matthew Pearson