Seat reveals pricing for the 2012 Ibiza range

Article by Christian A., on March 15, 2012

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.

Press Release

SEAT REVEALS LOWER PRICES FOR NEW IBIZA RANGE

Fresh from its triumphant debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show the latest iteration of SEAT’S most successful and well-known model, the Ibiza supermini, is being prepared for its UK showroom launch next month.

Just days after the wraps came off the new version of SEAT’s multi-million seller in Switzerland, SEAT UK is confirming exact pricing and specification details of the new range which will be available to order this month.

The great news for Ibiza buyers is that the new model is introduced without a price increase over the outgoing car. In fact SEAT is confirming that the majority of New Ibiza derivatives will be available at a lower price than their outgoing equivalents.

Thus the entry-level New Ibiza – the 1.2-litre 60 PS E in three-door SC bodystyle – remains available at just £9,995 RRP on the road.

As before, the UK range extends up from the E through S A/C and SE to the sporty FR model. For the first time, too, New Ibiza ST buyers will be able to enjoy the dynamic delights of an FR version as SEAT expands its Formula Racing sub-brand to its svelte supermini estate.

The core basic model in the new line up – the SEAT Ibiza S A/C – is offered at an average of £300 less than the outgoing S Copa editions. The most affordable Ibiza 5dr is therefore the 1.2 70 PS S /C model, at just £11,430 RRP on the road. This engine is also now available in the Ibiza ST body style, giving it a significantly reduced starting price of only £12,140 RRP.

On the mid-level New Ibiza SE, there’s a similar £300 average price reduction versus the outgoing SE Copa. Here, all Ibiza body-styles have the same four derivatives on offer. The accessible 1.4 85 PS petrol model is joined by the sprightly 1.2 TSI 105 PS, with state-of-the-art seven-speed DSG for those who require an automatic. Two diesels are offered in this spec; the hyper-frugal 92 g/km 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive and the 1.6 TDI 105 PS. The latter is available in SE trim for the first time.

The great news for fans of SEAT’s sporty and stylish FR trim is that it now occupies an even more affordable place in the extensive Ibiza range, with engine availability widened to include turbocharged 105 PS units in both petrol and diesel. The established higher-end FR derivatives – 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS DSG-auto and 2.0-litre TDI 143 PS turbodiesel – are also available at much lower prices – up to a massive £1,100 less, in fact. For the very first time FR is also now available on the Ibiza ST, for those who crave a practical yet genuinely sporty small estate.

As on the outgoing model, the ‘walk’ from any Ibiza SC model to the equivalent 5dr model is just £500. To move from 5dr to ST is another £710 in every case.

Of course aside from compelling new prices, the design of the New Ibiza has been fully updated in line with SEAT’s latest styling direction. Since 2008 the brand has shown a stunning selection of concept vehicles – most recently the IBE, IBX and IBL – which point the way to a range of all-new models yet to come.

Under the stewardship of new Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos the New Ibiza takes on many of the sharp, dynamic details which will be a hallmark of SEAT design in the coming years.

Thus the New Ibiza boasts reshaped headlights that now include sculptural elements inside the clusters similar to the new Alhambra MPV and the recently-revised Exeo family of executive class saloons and estates. Specifying optional bi-xenon headlights also adds LED daytime running lights for an even bolder appearance.

Elsewhere the front grille is smaller and sharper, front fog lights take on a rectangular shape and the front end on all models now features the sporty, ‘downward-facing’ trapezoidal lower grille formerly limited to FR and Cupra models. Finally, at the front, the revised bonnet features a strong central crease line – a key design cue taken from the IBE and IBL concept cars.

At the back the New Ibiza’s tail lights have been redesigned. Curved and semi-circular elements have been replaced with sharper lines while FR models gain LED tail lights for an even more distinctive light signature. The rear bumpers have been changed, too, with sharper lines tracing the rear ‘diffuser’ section.

Students of SEAT design might also spot that New Ibiza 5dr and ST models now feature gloss black ‘B’ and ‘C’ pillars, while eye-catching new colours have been added to the palette, including Lima Green. New alloy wheel designs complete the exterior changes.

Inside, new typography on the instrument dials and a refreshed climate control display makes things clearer and more stylish on the New Ibiza. There are redesigned steering wheels across the range, including a flat-bottomed design on FR. Finally even the glovebox has been enlarged, with significantly more storage and the addition of an interior light.

Managing Director of SEAT UK, Peter Wyhinny, said: ‘We’re really excited about the imminent arrival of the New Ibiza in the UK.

‘This stylish new supermini ticks all the boxes for buyers by being not just significantly more modern to look at, more stylish, more practical and, with the debut of the Ibiza ST FR, significantly more fun. But, crucially, our best-seller is now also even more affordable, too!

‘SEAT celebrated record sales in the UK in 2011 and, with the arrival of the New Ibiza, I’m confident we can look forward to continuing that success through 2012 and beyond.’

The new cars are available to order now, with a nationwide showroom launch planned for late April.

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