SEAT endows Ibiza FR Edition with Active Cylinder Technology

Article by Christian A., on April 9, 2014

The new 140PS 1.4 TSI ACT engine fitted in the SEAT Ibiza FR Edition does not need to use all of its four cylinders to amply power the car -- it just needs a couple of them. Active Cylinder Technology shuts off the second and third cylinders when cruising at low engine speeds and when low torque outputs are required.

It will re-activate the cylinders when more torque is needed. As a result, the amount of fuel consumed is significantly trimmed down, resulting to a SEAT Ibiza FR Edition that is rated 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle while able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in under eight seconds.

The new ACT petrol engine, which replaces the 150 PS 1.4 TSI non-ACT engine in the Ibiza range, offer similar performance level as its predecessor but returns 12.2 mpg average efficiency improvement and emits 30 g/km less carbon dioxide to 109 g/km. Available only in manual transmission, the standard 1.4 TSI ACT FR is also £1,015 less expensive than its predecessor.

The recently unveiled Ibiza FR Edition is slotted above the standard FR in the Ibiza range, marking the introduction of this innovative ACT technology. The FR Edition offers the same specification as the FR, but adds red seatbelts, red brake callipers, titanium-colored 17-inch alloy wheels as well as matching colored door mirrors, climate control and dark tinted rear windows.

SEAT Ibiza FR Edition with 1.4 TSI ACT is available in SC and five-door body styles, priced at £15,920 and £16,470 respectively. The Ibiza FR with 1.4 TSI ACT is available in all three body styles – SC (£15,320), five-door (£15,870) and ST £16,570.

A customer only has to pay £600 more to upgrade from the standard FR to FR Edition, despite having additional equipment valued at £1,130. Since the ACT Ibiza belongs into VED Band B, drivers could save £110 annually in VED compared to outgoing engine. Likewise, BIK taxation drops from 20% to 14%, too.

High product quality and athletic character are written all over the new face of Ibiza. This SEAT Design symbolizes precision, technology, and even that youthful avant garde. The unique centerpiece is unmistakably the trapezoidal grille which has the SEAT logo. By having flatter proportions combined with the lower air intake and the grille’s honeycomb horizontal structure, it makes it possible to put focus on just how wide this new model really is.

Redesigned as well are the bumpers, for both front and rear, to give it an appearance that is highlighted on the sporty version of the Ibiza FR. Fitted as standard on the FR are the large fog lamps that have cornering lights integrated to it.

This is offered as an option though for the other variants. The headlamps themselves have a rather stylish design as proof of how much SEAT put attention to in terms of details. These lamps have that edgy style which is expected to be the signature feature of the SEAT’s new design language.

In addition, they have been integrated perfectly to the sculptural form of the Ibiza. Two halogen versions will be offered for the headlamps. However LED daytime running lights (DRL) and the bi-xenon lamps will be available as options.

The DRLs in particular are able to trace the shape of the headlamps in order to offer a distinct light signature. The same can be said for the rear LED lights, which are standard on the FR but optional on the other versions.

Viewed from the side, this new model appears to be a precisely hew sculpture placed on wheels. The characteristic “Línea Dinámica” is still present and begins from the headlamps going above the mightily drawn wheel arches before ending in the rear.

There is also a second character line that is just as sharp. This line runs through the muscular shoulders in the back going to the rear lamps. It is these two powerful lines, plus how the tight surfaces interact, which give the Ibiza that sporty quality. This character is not limited to the three-door sports coupé but is also seen on the universal five-door version.

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