2009 Seat Ibiza FR unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Seat Ibiza comes with its latest FR variant that features several innovations in contrast to preceding models, which all harmonizes to offer a more thrilling driving sensation. The brand new model comes with an efficient 150hp twin charger 1.4 TSI power unit.

This powerplant has greater elasticity, better performance and lower fuel consumption ratings and emissions levels and completely complies with EU-5 requirements, all of these due to its latest generation technology.

Coupled to the FR's potent powerplant is a 7-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles. Similar to the CUPRA variant, the gearbox has been developed with sportier programming compared to the 1.6 model found in the Ibiza lineup.

Moreover, with the addition of the XDS system come greater driving comfort and security. The XDS works in tandem with ESP and acts as a self-blocking mechanism to enhance performance with lost traction due to stopping the wheel that has lost its grip on the ground.

Featured in the new Ibiza FR design is its sporty appearance both on the interior and the exterior with fresh bumpers that offer a more aggressive look, highlighting front honeycomb slats and a chrome surrounded on the central grill in conjunction with the Arrow Design concept. Further features include silver colored door mirrors, 17 inch wheels, and the one sided twin tail pipe.

The vehicle's racing character is conveyed also in the interior with a specific instrument display that comes with the FR insignia, a fresh steering wheel with integrated DSG shift paddles and the upholstery of the seat design all bring about the sporty appearance of the FR.

The new car is also fitted with ESP, TCS+ EBA, ABS, Hill Hold Control, low tire pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, head-chest airbag, trip computer, cruise control, climate control, CD radio with MP3 and 6 speakers and Aux-in connectivity, sports suspension and cornering fog lights, just to name some of the standard equipment that goes into the new SEAT vehicle.

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Seat Ibiza FR

The Seat Ibiza FR introduces several novelties compared with the previous model, which all combine to provide a more intense driving experience. First of all, the brand's new car is equipped with the efficient 150 hp twin charger 1.4 TSI engine. Thanks to its latest generation technology, this engine provides greater elasticity, brilliant performance and lower fuel consumption figures and emissions levels, and fully complies with EU-5 legislation on the subject.

The Seat Ibiza FR's powerful engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles. As on the Seat Ibiza Cupra version, the gearbox has been developed with sportier software than on the 1.6 model of the Ibiza range.

Furthermore, the addition of the XDS system provides greater driving comfort and safety. This electronic system works together with ESP and functions as a self-blocking mechanism. It improves the car's performance when traction is lost by braking the wheel that loses grip.

The new design of the Seat Ibiza FR highlights its sporty looks on the inside as well as on the exterior, with new bumpers that lend a more aggressive appearance, featuring front honeycomb slats and a chrome surround on the central grille in combination with the Arrow Design concept. Other tell-tale exterior elements on the FR are silver coloured door mirrors, specific 17 inch rims or the twin tailpipe to one side.

The interior also conveys the car's racing nature with a specific instrument display that carries the FR logo, a new steering wheel with built-in DSG shift paddles and the seat design, whose upholstery also heavily contributes to its sporty looks.

As far as standard equipment goes, SEAT's new car is further equipped with ESP, TCS + EBA, ABS, Hill Hold Control, low tyre pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, head-chest airbag, trip computer, cruise control, climate control, CD radio with MP3 + 6 speakers + Aux-in connection, sports suspension and cornering foglights, among other elements.

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