2017 SEAT Ibiza gets a lot of new features, but not the Cupra treatment

Article by Christian A., on May 22, 2017

We first heard of the fifth generation SEAT Ibiza earlier this year, and last week, the company finally revealed the all-new Ibiza at the international launch in Barcelona.

The new generation Ibiza now comes with the latest technology features, impressive dynamics, and a really sweet interior offering plenty of space and comfort. Similar to other SEAT models, the Ibiza still has got the company’s distinctive DNA in terms of design. Despite its new styling with an emphasis on its sculpted, streamlined surfaces giving it more of an edge, it remains youthful, functional, and sporty just like its siblings.

The company promises intelligent technology and connectivity. Therefore, the Ibiza comes with an 8-inch infotainment system with touchscreen feature. More than other models, the Ibiza has three connectivity options including: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link. It features Front Assist as standard, with Adaptive Cruise Control, wireless charger and GSM signal amplifier as options.

But one thing that you all should know is that the Ibiza won’t get a Cupra treatment. It won’t be offered as a wagon or a two-door hatch according to Antonio Valdivieso, Head of Product Communications of SEAT. Also, it will stick to a 1.5 liter TSI engine that carries out 150 horsepower (112 kilowatts), and nothing more. This is because the company believes that a car in the B segment does not need a more powerful engine than what it already has been equipped with.

They have already decided on that and it is official. It is not because there is no demand for niche sports models, but the trend for it is going down. However, the company is not completely shutting this idea down, as they said that they will “keep the Cupra for higher-end models, like the Leon”.

Rather than developing a high-performance version, the company decided on an eco-friendly CNG model instead, which will be available by the end of summer. However, the eco-friendly version will only be available in countries where this kind of fuel is accessible such as Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

In other news, the Ibiza will also be getting Volkswagen’s fully digital instrument cluster sometime next year, after its introduction in the Ateca crossover and the Leon before the end of 2017.

The Spanish company says that pre-sales have already begun and that the company will be delivering units into Irish garages beginning in June 2017. The SEAT Ibiza will have a base price of €14,995 for the S range, €17,335 for the SE, €18,745 for XCELLENCE, and €19,465 for the range topping FR range.

Source: Motor1.com

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