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!