The global debut of the new SEAT Ibiza ST at the Geneva Motor Show marks another chapter in the Spanish carmaker's product offensive. This time around, SEAT is targeting young and sporty consumers looking for a well-designed and dynamic yet affordable and efficient compact estate car.
This latest offering from SEAT will be launched to the auto market in early summer and will be available in six modern engine variants as well as with an array of modern equipment and technologies. This new compact estate car is an amalgamation of a highly functional concept and SEAT's distinct design language.
Certainly, the new SEAT Ibiza ST lives up to its name as part of the of the Ibiza range, parading a youthful and sporty character while offering a generous load capacity on an estate layout. To achieve this, designers at SEAT took effort to stretch the roofline rearwards and integrate the rear overhang into the overall design.
Moreover, the design team went on to make sure that tight span of vehicle's flanks results to taut proportions. As expected, the front end of the Ibiza ST sports the signature SEAT "arrow design" while the end features a new appearance thanks to the new split rear light clusters.
Compared to the Ibiza, the Ibiza ST is around 18 cm longer at 4.23 meters, which means it has enough room to carry the load of young and sporty customers. In fact, the compact estate car has a base capacity of around 430 liters, which could be further increased in phases just by folding the split rear seat.
SEAT's engineers also made sure that the load opening features an optimal height and a low width. The generous dimensions of the Ibiza ST mean that it offers a spacious cabin, as secured by a stiff and highly precise body shell.
Naturally, designers and engineers at SEAT made sure that all features and elements inside the cabin of the Ibiza ST are functional and practical to use as well as methodically crafted from high quality materials. To flaunt its emotional yet sporty character, Ibiza ST features circular air vents and a short gear stick.
Matching this sporty character is its athletic dynamics that does not sacrifice efficiency. This is particularly achieved by employing highly advanced engines -- three petrol and three TDI units with common-rail injection – for the new SEAT Ibiza ST.
These engines feature outputs ranging from 51 kW (70 hp) and 77 kW (105 hp). Four of these engines feature direct injection and turbocharging. The most efficient of these engines are the 1.2 TDI and 1.2 TSI. Complementing the sporty dynamics of the Ibiza ST is its precise and safe running gear.
This new compact estate car could be availed in three model lines -- Reference, Style and Sport – each offering ample equipment to satisfy the requirements of their owners. Moreover, the SEAT Ibiza ST could be availed with optional hi-tech equipment like the dual-clutch transmission.