New engines, fresh technologies, extra safety systems and a completely new connectivity and infotainment line-up are all features of the revamped SEAT Ibiza.
The Spanish brand picked its home motor show in Barcelona to unveil its upgraded supermini line-up, which also comes with the promise of comfort being taken to “a whole new level”.
Ibiza is SEAT’s most successful model, with more than five million sold globally over the last 30 years, and with connectivity a central factor in the modern world, the company is using the second generation of its Easy Connect infotainment systems in the car.
The new MediaSystem plus and sat-nav can be enhanced with the MirrorLink function, which provides smartphone integration and enabling a range of apps for use inside the car. SEAT has also developed its own app for MirrorLink, called SEAT DriveApp.
Power comes via a new generation of petrol and TDI engines, the entry-level petrol being a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit producing 75 PS in naturally aspirated format and 95 or 110PS for the Eco TSI turbocharged engines.
A further highlight is the four cylinder 1.4 Eco TSI with active cylinder management plus improved output of 150PS – and a Combined fuel return of 58.9mpg.
Among the new diesel engines, the 1.4 TDI with 75PS achieves fuel consumption of 83.1mpg, which equates to a CO2 emissions figure of just 88g/km, while each of the other TDI powertrains, with 90 or 105PS achieve 74.3mpg or more.
Design-wise, changes to the Ibiza five-door, three-door SC and the ST estate take in new headlights with LED daytime running lights, 16 and 17-inch alloy wheel designs and two new paint colours – Moonstone Silver and Chilli Red.
Safety technology sees the arrival of a new Tiredness Recognition System and Multi-Collision Brake, the latter of which automatically slows down the vehicle.
And if the airbag is activated by the initial collision, the electronic stability programme applies the brakes and switches on the hazard lights.