New baby Seat officially unveiled
2 April 2008

Seat has unveiled the all-new Ibiza supermini at its Martorell factory in Spain, and these the first pictures of the finished production car. The Spanish brand claims its new Ibiza will mark the start of a “major product offensive”, to include a new saloon, a small 4x4 and a small sporting coupé.The Ibiza’s the first model to use VW’s new small-car platform, which will also underpin the Volkswagen Polo. It’s also the first mainstream Seat styled by the company’s new design boss Luc Donkerwolke, formerly of Lamborghini.Showing Autocar around his latest work, Donkerwolke explained his intention to “entertain and excite Seat’s young clientele, those who are synchronised with technology and modern life.” With the three-door still to come, this sharp looking five-door Ibiza is noticeably larger than the old model, at 4.05m in length compared with 3.97m. It has wider front and rear tracks, giving it a more aggressive, planted stance. The carefully flared, faceted panels add to the effect. But the buzz-word around this small Seat is quality. “I’m keen on Swiss watches, that level of precision, but with emotion too, and flare,” Donkelwolke enthused. Interior packaging’s also been improved; there’s more rear legroom and 292-litres of boot space. And there’s an upmarket feel about the cabin with racy binnacle-mounted dials, sculpted mouldings and soft-touch materials. There’ll be a range of high-end options on offer with the Ibiza, including a seven-speed DSG gearbox (it’s the first supermini to offer this), hill hold assist, swivelling headlights, and USB/iPod music connectivity.The petrol engines have been downsized with TSI turbo technology and there’ll be three on offer at launch. They range from a 1.2-litre three-cylinder with 69bhp, a 1.4-litre, 84bhp four-pot and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 101bhp. The 1.9-litre TDI will be the first diesel unit, with more to follow. Seat claims that all models will emit less than 160g/km of CO2, and an Ecomotive version of the car is likely to produce under 100g/km. When the three-door version arrives, we can expect FR and Cupra versions which will use the 1.4 TSI unit with the wick turned up to 200bhp. The three-door's styling should stay true to that set by the racy-looking Bocanegra concept seen at the Geneva show. Designer Luc Donkerwolke told us “the three-door will be substantially different to the five-door.” The new Seat Ibiza will be in UK showrooms by late July.

Will Powell

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2 April 2008

So Seat decided after all not to dispense with the tracing paper used for the Leon, Altea and Toledo forward of the b-pillar. I like the front end though.

2 April 2008

[quote Autocar]The latest Ibiza is the first car to use VW’s new small-car platform, which will go on to underpin the Volkswagen Polo.[/quote]

Is that so? What about:

"Like the original Fabia, the 2007 edition is first in the VW supermini family to adopt a platform which will go under a yet-to-be launched, new-generation VW Polo." source: http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Skoda-Fabia-1.2-6v-60-1/223912/ Skodia Fabia 1.2 6V 'First Drive' 19/1/2007

Oh dear, Autocar's boobed again.

2 April 2008

I really like the look of the new Ibiza - especially the front end, like others, and it also looks quite a bit longer than the current model. I shall reserve full judgement however until it is out. For me it will have to improve on the dark, drab interior of the current model and quality.

3 April 2008

[quote loather]Oh dear, Autocar's boobed again.[/quote] Loather,

The Skoda Fabia is actually based on a revised version of the older platform with a few new bits. This Ibiza is on a different platform altogether.

It's possible that, almost 1.5 years ago when that Skoda first drive was written, speculation was that the next Polo would share its revised platform. Or we could have just got it wrong.

Either way, I can confirm that the Ibiza is all-new, and is the first VW Group product to sit on the new PQ25 platform, which will definitely underpin the next Polo.

Hope that's not too big a boob for you. Thanks for pointing out the inconsistency.


Will Powell

3 April 2008

Sorry to pick you up again Will(representing Autocar as a whole) but 19/1/2007 - Steve Cropley's 'First Drive' Skoda 1.2 report - is less than 15 months ago, not the rather exaggerated '1.5 years'.

And as to your explanation: "It's possible that, almost 1.5 years ago when that Skoda first drive was written, speculation was that the next Polo would share its revised platform. Or we could have just got it wrong. ", I think we can safely say it was the latter(just got it wrong) - there, it wasn't so hard, was it? If it was speculation, then the reporter makes it explicit as such, or simply omits it from a factual report, otherwise the act of 'reporting' ain't worth a fig.

3 April 2008

The profile is similar to that of the old Fiesta and now popularly copied by the Yaris and 2. And the shape of side window is almost over-used now that even the i30 has adopted 6 window the "swish-leave" shape. It looks good in picture though.

3 April 2008

Another slab sided car that tries to hide it by putting some ill designed swage lines in, to break it up, ala, Chris Bangle style.

A scaled down Leon anyone. How about giving us a corporate look at the front while differentiating between models from the nose back?

3 April 2008

If you take the badge away from the grille and then simply divide the grille vertically with a narrow body-coloured piece of plastic/metal, what current generation of cars would you think the new Ibiza belonged to viewing it from the front/front side quarter? No prizes for guessing the obvious answer!

3 April 2008

The interior quality is going to have to be much better than before if it is to compete in todays market. I have seen some very high res pics of the new interior and sadly the plastics look as hard, shiny and unappealing as before. It looks like the same rubbish they use in the Altea and Toledo, which creaks and squeaks at the first opportunity.

3 April 2008

A very nice design - kudos to Chris Bangle...

Don't like the interior again, what's wrong in that department with Seat??

Roy.

P.S: Seat hasn't stated that this is a uniqe or brand new platform. It's much more probable, knowing the way the accountants at VW works, that it's just another re-work of the Fabia, being sort of a Version 1.5 of the Polo.

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