New Seat Ibiza: Looks Like First Official Photos Leaked

This year’s Geneva Auto Show in March will feature the word premiere of the new generation Seat Ibiza, but we won’t have to wait that long for our first look at the Spanish supermini.

These images arrived courtesy of Poland’s Motofilm on the eve of Seat’s 2017 Ibiza launch event in Barcelona on Tuesday, January 31.

The exterior design is an evolution of the current Ibiza and is heavily inspired by the latest Leon – so much so that the uninitiated would probably have a hard time telling the new Ibiza apart from the Leon just by looking at the pictures without having a sense of its size.

Inside, from the single picture we have in our hands, it appears that Seat has given the Ibiza a less playful and more mature and premium look with angular lines, and a large screen for the infotainment system dominating the center console.

We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to learn everything about the fifth-gen Ibiza, but don’t expect any major surprises under the hood with the sub-compact hatch expected to offer the VW Group’s familiar 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and the new 1.5-liter TSI petrol and TDI diesel units.

This new Ibiza will form the base for a new crossover model placed under Seat’s Ateca SUV as a more affordable alternative to the Audi Q2, albeit (probably) without the option of an all-wheel drive system.

Thanks to Sebastian for the tip!

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  • zsheps

    Nice Seat Leon – I mean…

  • Laughing

    Seat must be laughing…! though I preferred the Fiesta’s design to the Ibiza (both previous generations) IMO Seat now has a better looking car to the new Fiesta.

    The new Fiesta is very disappointing – when EVERY car magazine can produce renderings better than Ford’s own actual version, time to sack sack all the Ford designers, IMO

  • Kaisuke971

    Looks pretty good, more muscular than the previous one. It’s more of an evolution but as long as it looks good and modern it’s alright.

  • Finkployd

    Very nice and for once in a seat, the interior is ok

    • Gustavo Adriano

      I don’t know, the exterior is much better than the current model, however it’s interior lacks of details, they could improve making more edgy lines.

  • Able

    It just looks like a Leon with a Renault Kwid rear, and a typically SEAT interior. Hardly groundbreaking…

  • WG

    I like the sharp creases that Seat design incorporates… this Ibiza looks great!

  • Bo Hanan

    This is the NEW one? Really?!

  • Cloudbusted

    a smaller Leon with new Micra’s taillights?

    • Giorgos Papaspyros

      Micra headlights? Really?
      Take a better look at the headlights of the current Ibiza and Leon.

      • Cloudbusted

        obviously but the corners seem to be influenced from Nissan. Maybe I’m wrong, the photo is a bit blurred… We’ll see today

  • TheHake

    It looks like a ‘lil Leon…

  • Is it based on the Fabia or Polo?

    • Giorgos Papaspyros

      It is based on MQB A0 platform, neither current Fabia nor outgoing Polo bare this platform.
      The future VW Polo-Audi A1 will share their platform with this Ibiza.

      To shed more light,
      the latest and current Fabia is half based on the MQB platform and half on the PQ26 platform,
      which makes it not identical to its siblings from SEAT, VW and Audi MQB A0 models.

    • MikeLamar

      No, it’s based on a smaller version of the new MQB platform. As the next generations of Fabia and Polo are expected to be.

  • Vassilis

    Wow this looks pretty great.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    i hated the current Ibiza, but this new one is a huge leap forward both in interior and exterior
    it looks even better than the Leon
    too bad Seat has decided to chop off the 3-door SC version, that’s so lame… some people still want 3 door cars

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