SEAT has updated its small city car, the Ibiza, refreshing the exterior and undertaking a revolution to the interior, which includes new connected technology and driver assistance systems. Designed, developed and produced in Barcelona, at SEAT’s headquarters in Martorell, the new SEAT Ibiza will enter production in the third quarter of the year.
The SEAT Ibiza is well known for its youthful design, the new model boasts subtle additions to the vehicle’s exterior aesthetic that enhance the already characterful visual.
The SEAT Ibiza now integrates full LED technology as standard. Eco LEDs are standard on SE and SE Technology models, while FR models upwards get full LED technology, offering better visibility with lower energy consumption. The visual proportion of the vehicle is further accentuated with the introduction of three new alloy wheel designs – two 17” (FR, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trims) and one 18” option (FR Sport). There is a 15” alloy and 16” machined alloy wheel also available (SE and SE Technology respectively).
SEAT Ibiza is now available in a range of nine colours, including two new finishes: Sapphire Blue and Asphalt Blue.
The new floating central infotainment system display is the heartbeat of the digital core. The screen has increased in size by more than 20 per cent – the standard screen is now 8.25” (SE trim only) – with the larger 9.2” screen on SE Technology models and above. Additionally, a high-resolution 10.25” Digital Cockpit (driver binnacle) on FR Sport and Xcellence Lux models lift the Ibiza’s interior into the digital age.
The use of lighting technology adds to the Ibiza’s personality. The driver and passenger air vents have been redesigned and the surrounds now illuminate (LED technology) – Honey (SE trim), Daring Red (FR) and Burgundy (Xcellence).
The boot space’s total capacity remains at 355 litres, making it one of the best in class, and accessing the space is easy with a low loading height.
Life is becoming increasingly digital and the new SEAT Ibiza is now fully connected with in-car connectivity (online-based functions and services; Full Link including wireless access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto wired) and out-of-car connectivity with SEAT CONNECT.
Voice recognition allows the user to interact with the infotainment system using natural commands, making corrections and referencing previous commands. So, whether you need to find navigation information or search for music, it is quicker and easier.
Online Connectivity via the embedded SIM (eSIM) means that Ibiza will never lose its connection to the digital world and allows users access to the latest infotainment apps, as well as be able to offer new digital products and services throughout its lifetime. Real-time traffic information will re-route the navigation if there is an incident ahead, as well as informing the driver of the location, opening times and current prices of both car parks and fuel stations.
The built-in eSIM delivers the eCall service which directly contacts emergency services should an incident occur and from the SEAT Connect app, users can remotely access driving data of previous journeys and remaining range, parking position, lock and unlock the doors, set up speed alerts so they can be warned if someone using their vehicles is driving too fast, be alerted if their vehicle has been stolen, or activate the horn and turn signals to find the car more easily in a crowded car park.
Safety and convenience
The new SEAT Ibiza integrates a range of new driver assistance systems, making it safer than ever before.
Building on the breadth of systems already in place, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Front Assist, and Tiredness Recognition, the updated vehicle now combines some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available in this segment.
Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Side Assist and High Beam Assist are also available extras which offer semi-autonomous driving and a much more comfortable journey.
Under the bonnet, the new SEAT Ibiza will offer a trio of three-cylinder petrol powertrains; an 80PS, 95PS and 110PS model.
The entry three-cylinder 1.0 litre MPI petrol engine is matched to a five-speed manual transmission. The unit’s multi-point injection system helps the engine deliver excellent response at low-to-mid engine speeds, while the 80PS power output and 93Nm of torque mean that it offers enough to handle the demands of modern-day driving.
Direct-injection technology is used throughout the rest of the engine line-up, with two 1.0 EcoTSI options available.
The 1.0 EcoTSI 95PS (70kW) unit, linked to a five-speed manual transmission, provides 175Nm of torque. The final unit delivers 110PS / 200Nm and is linked to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.