SEAT has always been a bit of a problem child for parent owner Volkswagen, the Spanish company has barely made a profit and for much of it’s time under VW ownership and has often been in the red at the end of year sales review than not.
But through it all and despite the hard times VW still makes significant investment in SEAT and the all new IBIZA demonstrates that the investment is on-going and as strong as ever.
The 2017 Ibiza supermini is new from the ground up it’s a little bit longer and a little bit wider than the predecessor, yet SEAT claim it’s jut as compact.
The new Ibiza is also the first model to use VW’s new MQB A0 modular platform which offers 30% greater torsional stiffness. Why is that important? In Layman’s terms You get better handling cars.
The exterior design say SEAT is edgier, sportier, featuring more sculpted, accentuated and streamlined surfaces.
Believe it or not all of the engines available on the All New SEAT Ibiza comply with the Euro6 emissions standards.
The mainly petrol engine range consists of the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95 or 115PS, along with a turbo-compressor, intercooler and direct injection.
A new EVO 1.5 TSI unit will also be available in late 2017 with four cylinders and 150PS. More efficient (AHEM!) 1.6 TDI diesel engines will come in 80 and 95PS guises in the UK.
The gearboxes available are a manual five-speed transmission for the 95PS and lower engines and a six-speed transmission for the more powerful engines.
A seven-speed dual-clutch DSG-auto gearbox will also be available. The interior has also beencompletly overhauled with ugraded materials and a new larger infotainment system.
The all new Ibiza will be available in four model trims the S, SE, FR and Xcellence when goes on sale in the UK in July.
Prices have yet to be revealed but expect entry level cars to retail in the UK form around £13k.