SEAT PREVIEW NEW IBIZA ST – compact dynamics with great usability.
With a World Premiere at the Geneva Motorshow, SEAT is pushing forward with its latest product offensive – the Ibiza ST is the third model to join the brands successful Ibiza supermini line-up.
SEAT say the new compact estate car is the perfect vehicle for a youthful and sporty lifestyle, bringing together the brand’s most powerful characteristics – it is well-designed sharing its make-up with its smaller hatchback stablemates, it will be dynamic and efficient, easy to use and affordable.
The Ibiza and Ibiza SC have been both well received and big sellers for SEAT over the past 12 months and the manufacturer will be hoping to attract further interest with their new small-car estate - a segment they have been absent from since they stopped producing the SEAT Cordoba Vario a decade ago.
Due to launch in Europe sometime during the summer, SEAT will deliver the Ibiza ST with a choice of six modern engine variants and with a broad array of equipment and technologies.
SEAT Design have 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, it retains the same youthful, sporty character that the rest of the Ibiza range displays. The roofline stretches rearwards, the rear overhang is integrated into the overall design and the tight span of its flanks lends tautness to its proportions. The front end bears SEAT's “arrow design”; with the rear end receiving a new look courtesy of the split rear light clusters.
With a length of 4.23 metres, the Ibiza ST is no less than 18 centimetres longer than the Ibiza. This creates ample load capacity to satisfy all the requirements of a sporty and mobile lifestyle. The base capacity of 430 litres is already comparatively generous, and can be increased in stages by folding the split rear seat. Engineers paid particularly close attention to the optimal width and low height of the load opening. Overall, the bodyshell is finished to the high levels of precision and stiffness characteristic of all SEAT models.
The interior of the Ibiza ST is impressively spacious, with an accomplished and high quality character. The designers and engineers paid close attention to the tiniest detail; every single element is functional, practical to use and meticulously crafted, as evidenced by the high material quality and tight tolerances. The cockpit feels taut. Circular air vents, a short gear stick – the emotional character expressed by the design of the Ibiza ST is clearly evident in the interior, too.
Sporty dynamics with a high degree of efficiency is par for the course for every SEAT. The basis for this is delivered by state-of-the-art engines, with the Ibiza ST offering a choice of three petrol and three TDI units with common-rail injection. Four of the six engines operate with direct injection and turbocharging. They span an output range of between 51 and 77 kW (70 to 105 hp). Particular highlights include the exceptionally efficient 1.2 TDI and 1.2 TSI.
Another guarantee of agility and dynamics comes from the precise and safe running gear. Together with the excellent equipment of the three model lines Reference, Style and Sport, as well as the broad range of hi-tech optional equipment – such as the dual-clutch transmission.