Renderings of a hot Cupra concept give clues to Seat’s next-generation supermini, due next year
29 August 2013

The new Seat Ibiza Cupra has been previewed in a set of computer renderings.

The new Ibiza is expected in the second half of next year and will be built on the compact version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. 

It’s thought that the new Ibiza will be previewed by this dramatic concept, which draws heavily on sporting influences. The pictures also show that the Ibiza will stick closely to its trademark ‘edge’ design, with more dramatic surfacing than its Leon sister model.

Even though these images are relatively basic computer renderings, it is still possible to see the new car’s wider tracks, even allowing for the Cupra’s slightly extended wheel arches. The Cupra gets huge star-spoke alloys, with a spare taking up much of the boot.

The Cupra concept also features bold air scoops front and rear, marked by dramatic strakes. The theme is continued on the LED head and tail-lights and the full-width high-level brake light.

Inside, the competition-style gear lever appears to have been milled from solid aluminium, as have the door pulls, U-shaped hand brake, cupholders and dash facing. 

The current Ibiza, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo are all based on the VW Group’s aging PQ25 small-car platform, which is overdue for replacement. All three models are expected to be replaced next year and will be usefully bigger than today’s cars.

The Cupra images were found on a filing with the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the agency responsible for registering trademarks and designs that are valid in all 28 countries of the EU.

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30 August 2013

"Usefully bigger" - i.e. more needless bloat. When will we ever see a new model that is actually smaller than the one it replaces?

30 August 2013

That looks good. Although not entirely sure on the grill. Like the rear lights

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

30 August 2013

Guys, this is NOT the new generation of the SEAT Ibiza. The mystery was solved by the Spanish Autoblog. What you see here is a design work made by a Spanish designer called Ruben Barrientos, who doesn't work for SEAT but - for whatever reason - decided to submit these drawings to the OHIM.
So, what you see here is NOT the new Ibiza.
Cheers!

30 August 2013

As the recently released new Golf is (unusually) only marginally larger than the previous model I wouldn't have thought there would have been much scope to make the next Polo "usefully bigger". No doubt they'll prove me wrong.

30 August 2013

That's what it needs,maybe 220bhp,or would that tread on VW's toes?

Peter Cavellini.

31 August 2013
Peter Cavellini wrote:

That's what it needs,maybe 220bhp,or would that tread on VW's toes?

I dont think so, as current Polo GTI and Ibiza cupra have same power. The new ibiza cupra R version could have 220bhp,and the Polo R the same, along with the Audi S1 too.

31 August 2013

Interesting front, but the side creases are idenitical to my current Ibiza SC. so i doubt this is the future Ibiza.

The poor French have just released their much needed 208 and Clio and then here comes the all powerful VAG with replacements for the popular Fabia, Ibiza and Polo on the near horizon!

31 August 2013
AndyT wrote:

Interesting front, but the side creases are idenitical to my current Ibiza SC. so i doubt this is the future Ibiza.

The poor French have just released their much needed 208 and Clio and then here comes the all powerful VAG with replacements for the popular Fabia, Ibiza and Polo on the near horizon!

Ah, that is because they had to push back their replacement cycles due to lack of funds. i really feel for them because they don't make bad product. There seems to have been a brainwash in recent years by the Germans ( I know I drive one too) but it really isn't helping the French with this catch 22 situation. There is a real problem here because VAG in particular are wiping out the competition in a lot of markets often with product that is ok or a bit better than average but with a forgone conclusion that hey are amazingly well made, classy and will never breakdown, which of course we all know is true.

BTW, I though with the headline we were back to 1982... ooh, computer drawings. Made me laugh.

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