SEAT is continuing its relentless 2010 new product offensive with another stylish and svelte newcomer to the Ibiza range.
The Ibiza ST is the third silhouette to join the Spaniards’ supermini line-up and significantly expands SEAT’s presence in this important market segment.
The new arrival from Martorell debuts with no fewer than five modern engines and an extensive array of equipment and new technologies.
SEAT’s renowned design team, led by Luc Donckerwolke, has taken the highly functional concept of the Ibiza ST and clad it in the Spanish brand’s unique design language. Despite the estate layout and generous load capacity the newcomer retains the youthful, sporty character of the rest of the Ibiza range.
The roofline stretches rearwards, the rear overhang is integrated perfectly into the overall design and the tight span of its flanks lends tautness to its proportions. The front end bears the hallmark of SEAT’s now trademark ‘Arrow Design’ with the rear end receiving a new look courtesy of the split rear light clusters.
Measuring 4.23 metres in length, the Ibiza ST is 18 centimetres longer than the Ibiza hatch. This creates ample load capacity to satisfy the varied requirements of ST owners. The new car’s base luggage capacity of 430 litres is already comparatively generous, and can be easily increased in stages by folding the split rear seats.
SEAT’s engineers have also paid particularly close attention to the optimal width and low height of the load opening.
Sporty dynamics with a high degree of efficiency are par for the course with every SEAT. State-of-the-art engines see the Ibiza ST offer, in the UK, a choice of three petrol and two TDI units with the latest common-rail fuel injection. Four of the five engines operate with direct injection and turbocharging. Outputs span 85 PS to 105 PS and highlights include the exceptionally efficient new 1.2 TDI and 1.2 TSI.
Aside from a generous standard spec’ the new Ibiza ST will also offer hi-tech optional equipment including SEAT’s impressive dual clutch DSG automatic/sequential manual gearbox.
More details about the new car’s specification, pricing and model line-up will be revealed closer to its UK on-sale date this summer.