Seat reveals new Ibiza


Seat has pulled the wraps off its new Ibiza in anticipation of next month's Geneva Motor Show.

The reveal was made in Barcelona, and the five-door supermini is set to hit UK showrooms in July.

Featuring an updated exterior and increased interior space, the model is based on the latest version of Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, which also underpins the new Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Octavia.

This platform promises improved torsional ridgity, which Seat claims will make for a better driving experience in the B-segment Ibiza.

One the outside, the Ibiza's looks have been refreshed with bold styling elements and angular headlights. Wheels of up to 18-inches can be specified.

Seat's range of small petrol and diesel engines will be available too, with an all-new 1.5-litre 148bhp turbocharged petrol set to join the line-up later this year.

Seat reveals new Ibiza

Seat reveals new Ibiza

Meanwhile, the cabin receives new technology such as a wireless phone charger and a signal booster, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Perhaps the most impressive improvement is the Ibiza's claimed increase in space. The seats are reportedly 42mm wider, headroom is up by 24mm, and legroom has been increased by 35mm.

This is due to an 87mm increase in width in the new model, and further distanced axles, which allow for a larger cabin space without increasing the car's overall length.

Finally, the boot has seen a 65-litre increase, which brings it up to a class leading 355-litre total volume.

Luca de Meo, Seat's CEO, said: "With the new Ibiza, we tried to make a car so good that nobody who is looking for a compact car in Europe will be able to avoid it."