Seat Ibiza Facelift Debuts Ahead of 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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Some three years after Seat launched the fourth-generation of its Ibiza series, the Spanish subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group announced a mid-life facelift for its supermini that will receive its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

The update concerns all body styles including the three-door SC to the five-door hatchback and the ST station wagon.

On the outside, the Ibiza gains a new face inspired from the company's recent concept cars like the IBE Coupe, IBX small crossover and IBL sedan.

Along with the larger trapezoidal grille with a honeycomb structure, the Ibiza gets a redesigned front bumper and edgier headlamps with optional bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights. At the back, we find new tail lamps and a restyled bumper.

Seat has not yet released photos of the interior but it says that the 2012 model benefits from higher quality materials, a new design of the Climatronic climate control system and the steering wheel.

Furthermore, there are new colors while Seat also introduces an available Portable Media System with a touchscreen monitor that combines a navigation system, on-board computer, audio system and hands-free device.

There are several engines to choose from including the 60HP 1.2-liter, 105HP 1.2-liter TSI and 150HP 1.4-liter TSI petrols, and the 75HP 1.2-liter TDI and 143HP 2.0-liter TDI diesels. Transmission options include five- and six-speed manuals and VW's 7-speed dual-clutch auto.

Seat said that it will also debut the facelifted Cupra edition in the second half of 2012.