THE CLOCK is ticking for the most important event of 2017 so far for Seat, with initial orders being taken for the new Ibiza. To start with, at least, there is an all-petrol line-up.
“Ibiza is an iconic model for Seat, a best-seller that’s been at the heart of our line-up for more than 30 years,” said Richard Harrison, Director, Seat UK. “With that kind of heritage, you can be sure the new model will be a benchmark car, taking Seat quality, design, engineering and technology to an even higher level.
“The New Leon range and the Ateca, our first SUV, have set the scene perfectly, generating huge customer response and helping raise UK sales to record heights already this year. The All-new Ibiza will complete a powerful trio at the heart of our brand and we cannot wait to introduce it to British buyers.”
The new Ibiza arrives at launch with a choice of four petrol engines, with a concentration on a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit.
The massive choice takes in five trim levels. At entry point, the S version includes air conditioning, electric front windows, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and advanced safety features including Front Assist. Moving up a grade, the SE level delivers the following extra features: 15-inch alloys, front fog lights with cornering function, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and multi-coloured cabin lighting, together with Seat’s Media System Colour multimedia package.
The new SE Technology is the expected top pick for UK buyers, coming equipped with Media System Plus with eight-inch colour touchscreen, navigation with 3D map display, voice recognition, DAB digital radio and two USB ports. The FR focuses on sportier looks with 17-inch alloys, dark-tinted rear glass, brilliant black and chrome bodywork details and twin exhausts; the cabin is fitted with sports front seats and flat-bottom steering wheel and Full Link smartphone integration.