Seat unveiled the fifth generation of its best-selling Ibiza in Barcelona

29.08.2023 09:59

Seat unveiled the fifth generation of its best-selling Ibiza in Barcelona

In fact, the Ibiza is the first model of the VW Group to be developed on the basis of the new modular platform for the MQB A0 compact models. The next new model using the same platform is the VW Polo (, which will debut later this year.

The head of the Spanish brand, Luca de Meo, told reporters at the premiere of the new model that the fifth generation of the model is "the most expensive Ibiza so far" due to the innovations proposed in the car. In fact, the new Ibiza is one idea shorter than the outgoing model, but 87mm wider and has a 95mm longer wheelbase. Seat said the size changes make the model more compact on the outside, thereby increasing interior space in the car.

The new Ibiza, which in previous generations was Seat's second-best-selling model behind the Leon, will debut to the general public at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The car has a much sportier look and the new platform delivers improved dynamism, improved ride quality and comfort with 30% more body rigidity than the outgoing model.

Seat has announced that the new Ibiza's safety systems include adaptive cruise control and co-driving assistant, which automatically accelerates and stops the car in traffic. This technology is being used for the first time in the subcompact segment, but is already being used in Seat Leon and Ateca models.

The model has not been without modern equipment for connecting the car - it offers connectivity using Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link.

The Ibiza will be available with two petrol engines, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 95 or 115 bhp, which will be complemented by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 150 bhp later this year. turbo engine. 95 hp engine and with a volume of 1 liter will run on compressed natural gas CNG. The diesel version is common to the VW Group with a volume of 1.6 liters and a capacity of 80, 95 and 115 hp.

An interesting twist for the new model is that there will be no three-door station wagon options, only a five-door variant, unlike competition from the Clio and Nissan Micra models that offer three-door options. Instead of a station wagon option, the Spanish brand prefers to offer its new subcompact SUV called the Arona.

Seat will build the new Ibiza at its plant in Matorel, near Barcelona, ​​Spain. There will also be an Arona, the same one developed on the subcompact MQB A0 platform, which will be released before the end of this year.

Last year, Seat managed to sell 152,100 Ibiza cars as part of its target sales, putting the model in second place behind the larger Leon with 165,700 conversions. Europe is the largest market for the Spanish brand, accounting for more than one percent of the country's total industrial exports.

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