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Seat Ibiza is coming after an update.  It looks refreshing, it is smarter and safer

Seat Ibiza is coming after an update. It looks refreshing, it is smarter and safer

SEAT refreshes the Ibiza with a fresh new look and revolutionary interior paired with a new level of connectivity and assistance systems.

Since its first launch in 1984, the Seat Ibiza has been a pillar of the brand’s success, and after 37 years, five generations and nearly 6 million cars sold, it has become the most successful model ever to roll out assembly lines at SEAT production plants. The new release of the fifth generation maintains the winning mentality of the flagship model in this segment of the European market.

“The Seat Ibiza is an icon in the automotive industry and one of the main pillars of the brand.” Said Wayne Griffiths, Chairman of SEAT and the Cobra brand. “Ibiza is ready to build on its successes through new external modifications and a revolution in the interior of the updated 5G, along with a new level of connectivity and security.”

Seat Ibiza is ready to be part of the road to an increasingly digital world. The new Ibiza offers more simplicity, functionality and quality inside thanks to an optimized design combined with a higher level of connectivity and new, more elegant materials.

The atmosphere inside is enhanced by advanced lighting technology. The advanced presentation of the infotainment systems also contributes to the major change in design style and the refined character of the Ibiza.

Under the hood of the new Seat Ibiza, it could be one of the five drive options offered with the highest power from 90 hp to 150 hp. Petrol or CNG engines are provided in tandem with a mechanical DSG or dual-clutch transmission.

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The new Seat Ibiza, designed, developed and manufactured in Barcelona, ​​will begin production at the SEAT plant in Martorell in the third quarter of this year.

Exterior design

The Seat Ibiza is known for its iconic, youthful design that flaunts perfect proportions. The exterior styling of the upgraded version received minor changes that further enhance the distinct character of this model, across all trim levels (Ref, Elegance, Xcellence and FR).

Lighting technology is a fundamental part of every vehicle’s exterior, and Seat Ibiza now offers 100% LED technology as standard – an Eco-LED version can replace a full LED on request. New headlights provide better visibility with less energy consumption.

From profile, the Seat Ibiza maintains short body overhangs with the wheels shifted to the corners of the car. The result is outstanding stability that enhances the car’s dynamics and sporty spirit. The aesthetic impression of the silhouette is further enhanced by three new light-alloy wheel designs. New wheel variants are available with a rim diameter of 17 ”(two designs) or 18” (one design).

Another aspect that distinguishes the new version of the Seat Ibiza is the distinctive handwriting of the model. With this slight change, the city car takes over the styling traps already used on other SEAT models.

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Seat Ibiza Excellence | Image: Seat

The bow and back are embellished as elegant details with the new SEAT logo in a two-tone chrome finish – the front is matte, while the edges are polished.

These sophisticated design changes are further enhanced by the newly introduced color palette. Customers can choose from nine body colors, including two new ones: sapphire blue and asphalt blue.

interior design

The interior of the Seat Ibiza represents a design revolution. Its dynamic character is underlined by new materials, technologies and lighting systems. The result is a higher level of emotionally perceived quality.

The new floating center display for the infotainment system is an unmissable feature of the new interior. Compared to its predecessor, the screen is on average 20% larger – the standard screen diagonal is now 8.25 inches, and the screen on demand is 9.2 inches. The higher screen position inside – at the level of the driver’s field of vision – improves ergonomics, thus increasing safety and practicality. With a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster display in the cockpit, the interior of the new Ibiza is completely digital.

SEAT has improved workmanship and quality throughout the interior. The Dominant features an all-new soft-surface dashboard, followed by a new comfortable multi-function steering wheel stitched in Nappa leather (optional for Style trim level, standard for Xcellence and FR levels). The result is a higher level of sophistication. The new upholstery also adds more value to the interior.

The use of lighting technology gives the interior design of SEAT Ibiza a new character. Newly designed ventilation system exhausts on the driver and front passenger sides are surrounded by LED lights in the FR and Xcellence versions. Depending on the specific equipment level, the light has different shades – bold red (in French), burgundy (Xcellence) or hazel (style and reference). This means that customers can better adapt the interior to their ideas and requirements.

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Moderate face lift Seat Ibiza Seat Arona Experience | Image: Seat

The total volume of the trunk is still 355 liters, which makes it one of the largest luggage compartments in its class. Access to the luggage compartment is facilitated by a relatively low sill. Thus SEAT proves once again that it can perfectly combine design and functionality.

Connection

Life is becoming more and more digital and modern, and the SEAT Ibiza is ready to be a part of it. This is why it offers complete in-vehicle connectivity (internet-based features and services; full link with Android Auto and CarPlay user interfaces) and outside the vehicle via SEAT CONNECT.

Thanks to the integration of Full Link with mobile connectivity, customers will be able to access their digital lives regardless of the devices they use, whether it is Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This simplifies the process of accessing the phone book, music collection, or map material. Everything can be accessed easily with easy and safe operation on the infotainment system screen or the steering wheel, without distracting the driver from what is happening on the road.

The infotainment system provides a more varied and enjoyable experience. Information and entertainment from the Internet is available with the touch of a button – or with a voice command. This includes information on transportation, parking spots, gas stations or internet radio and online media.

Voice control with speech language recognition allows for the safe use of advanced technologies. The system activates simple “Hola Hola” password pronunciations, similar to home helpers from the consumer electronics world, which everyone is already accustomed to. Voice control ensures user interaction with the infotainment system, including spoken language commands and corrections to or reference to previous commands. This is a faster and easier way to find navigation or music information.

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Connecting and charging mobile devices is simple in itself thanks to the two USB Type-C ports on the front on the inside.

The new SEAT Ibiza is also equipped with the SEAT CONNECT system with an integrated eSIM. Thanks to this, the eCall service is available, which guarantees direct emergency services in the event of an accident. This is another increase in occupant safety. Calling for help will facilitate not only the emergency calls activated manually or automatically, but also the transmission of important data from the vehicle to the emergency services, such as data regarding the vehicle’s position, engine type, body color or number of passengers.

In addition, the integrated eSIM provides the option to use SEAT services via a “private connection” button. This assistant allows the driver to call SEAT services in his own language, regardless of the country in which he is currently driving. SEAT CONNECT is offered free of charge for one year, regardless of which version or equipment level the customer has selected.

The offer also includes the SEAT CONNECT app, which opens a new world of possibilities through remote access services. The user downloads the application on his smart device, where he can remotely control a number of functions. The travel experience thus extends to the time the user is out of their car.

Users also have remote access to vehicle data, such as driving traffic, parked vehicle position, or vehicle condition, including doors and lights. Additionally, they can set alerts to notify the vehicle owner that the driver they hired the car for is driving too fast or has crossed the designated area limits. Owners can also receive alerts when trying to break in and steal the car, open or lock the door remotely, or likewise activate a horn and warning lights to make it easier to find the car.

Safety and comfort

The new Seat Ibiza is equipped with a number of new assistance systems, thanks to which it provides a greater level of safety than before.

The modern model relies on a wide range of systems already in use, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Front Assistance or Driver Fatigue Detection, and adds more advanced assistance features.

Travel Assist enables partially automated driving in the full range of operating speeds. Thus, Ibiza changes its driving speed according to the surrounding vehicles, from which it maintains a safe distance. Lane Assist drives the vehicle in the middle of the lane, while the Traffic Sign Recognition system informs the driver of the current speed limits in the respective road section. This makes the Seat Ibiza a much safer car.

but that is not all. The new version of the model also offers side assistance features, which make it easier to change lanes. Radar sensors in the front and back monitor the driver’s blind spot at a distance of up to 70 meters and alert the driver to vehicles in the immediate vicinity that could endanger safety if a lane change is to be made.

High beam assistant has also been added to the SEAT Ibiza’s list of advanced technologies. When driving in the dark, the system detects cars in front of the Ibiza and switches between high and low beams if needed.

Power units

Delivering economy and dynamism, gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines play a major role in the driving range of the upgraded SEAT Ibiza model range.

The new Seat Ibiza may have one of five engines offered under the hood. Four petrol petrol units with the highest output from 70 kW / 95 HP to 110 kW / 150 HP complemented by a CNG engine with a maximum power of 66 kW / 90 HP. Customers can choose between a mechanical gearbox or a DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

All available petrol engines are equipped with gasoline direct injection technology. In addition to the three engine versions with 1.0 TSI units, a larger 1.5 TSI engine is also available.

The 1.0 TSI 70 kW / 95 hp unit, mated with a five-speed manual transmission, delivers a maximum torque of 175 Nm. The last three cylinders are tuned to 81 kW / 110 to 200 Nm and can be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

The largest engine for the Ibiza model line is the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder. With the highest power and torque of 110 kW / 150 km and 250 Nm, it provides excellent driving characteristics and driving dynamics combined with exceptional economy.

In addition to the petrol engines, the new SEAT Ibiza is also available in the CNG version. The 1.0 TGI 66 kW / 90 hp unit in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission delivers a maximum torque of 160 Nm.

CNG version reduces carbon dioxide emissions2 About 25% compared to an equivalent gasoline engine. In addition to the environmental and tax benefits, TGI also provides an exceptionally low cost per kilometer, which is up to 50% less than the gasoline equivalent model and 30% cheaper than a diesel car.

SEAT also supports the development and supply of bio-methane from renewable sources, allowing a vehicle with a CO neutral balance to operate2. High quality biomethane is produced from organic waste and can either be added to conventional natural gas or used in pure form as an alternative. Biomethane combines environmental mobility with a circular economy. An engine with this type of fuel reduces carbon dioxide emissions2 Throughout the process.