SEAT’s hugely popular Ibiza compact is to be updated for the 2016 model year, and motorists have been given a first look at its design through an official sketch revealed by the brand. At an event to celebrate 30 years of SEAT’s most popular ever model, a slide was shown detailing the new Ibiza’s outline.
Speaking to motoring magazine Auto Express at the event, SEAT design boss Alejandro Mesonero explained the carmaker’s approach:
“The fifth-generation [Ibiza] is something I’m approaching with much excitement. For me the Ibiza is a car that has evolved with small-scale revolutions.
“The new Ibiza will also have a revolution, a significant step forward. Why? Because the market demands it and it has to set itself apart from the Leon. The lines will change, but the spirit will stay the same.”
From the image seen, it’s clear the curved creases found on the flanks of the current model will be replaced by more pronounced horizontal folds. The light clusters and bumper intakes on either end will also be arranged to form a distinctive ‘X’ shape.
The Spanish carmaker has revealed the new Ibiza will arrive after the launch of SEAT’s new SUV in 2016. Motorists will therefore have the chance to purchase the model in late 2016 or early 2017. It is expected to be built on a version of VW Group’s modular MQB platform to save weight, and will no doubt include a host of uprated engines and infotainment equipment.
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