Most models in the latest Seat Ibiza range have been priced lower than the outgoing models. The new series will arrive at showrooms next month. For the first time, Seat offers the Ibiza ST in warm FR trim. This model will be available with a choice of 105PS 1.2 or 150PS 1.4-litre petrol engine. Seat will also offer a 105PS version of the VW Group’s 1.6 TDI and a 143PS 2.0 TDI.
The three-door Ibiza SC will have a starting price of £9,995 on the road. The five-door range has a starting price of £11,430 for the1.2 70PS S A/C model. The entry-level ST model has a price tag of £12,140. The core basic model of the range – the Ibiza S A/C – is £300 lower than the current S Copa edition on average.
The SE model, the replacement for the SE Copa, is lower by the same amount. The FR models are as much as £1100 lower than before. Just like before, the five-door variants have a £500 premium over the three-door SC. The ST models are priced £710 higher than the five-door. In addition, the Ibiza gets various model year revisions.
Its headlights have changed shape and have sculptural elements comparable to those used in the Alhambra and Exeo. The optional bi-xenon lights include LED daytime running lights. The front grille is smaller.
In addition, all models use the lower grille formerly reserved for FR and Cupra models. The rear lights have a new style and LED lighting has been added to the FR models. The key interior changes include a redesigned steering wheel, a new climate control console and a bigger glovebox.
With Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos taking the lead, the New Ibiza is able to have a number of dynamic details that are expected to be the SEAT design’s main feature for the years to come. Starting with the rear end, the brand made sure to redesign the tail lights. Rather than the semi-circular and curved elements, the new Ibiza utilizes sharper lines. Redesigned as well are the bumpers in this section which has sharper lines that go to the diffuser area.
For the FR variants, the tail lights make use of LEDs allowing for the light signature to be more unique. On the front section, the headlights have a new shape with the inside of its clusters having sculptural elements. This is the same as that of the latest Alhambra MPV as well as the redesigned Exeo range of executive class estates and saloons.
For those who want their New Ibiza to have a stronger look, customers can choose to have bi-xenon for their headlights which now put daytime running lights in LED. Still on the front section, the grille is both sharper and smaller. Further, the fog lights now come in a rectangular shape. In addition, the trapezoidal lower grille now faces downward and will be seen on all models. In the past, this was limited to the Cupra and the FR variants. The bonnet has been redesigned as well and this time has a strong crease line in the center.
This particular design cue was based on not just the IBE concept cars but the IBL as well. For the interior, the instrument dials reveal a new typography. Meanwhile with the climate control display refreshed, it allows the New Ibiza to have more style in addition to being clearer. Remodeled as well is the steering wheel on all the different versions, while the FR variant reveals a flat-bottomed design.
Another change in the interior is that the glove box is now larger and thus allow for extra storage. In addition, more light has been added to the interior. For the 5dr and ST variants of the New Ibiza, SEAT design students are likely to observe that the B-pillar and C-pillar are in gloss black. In addition, the brand is adding new colors to the selection like Lima Green. Rounding off the changes to the exterior is the design of the alloy wheels.