On sale in Europe since 1984 but based on the same platform as the Polo since 1993 following Volkswagen's purchase of the Spanish marque from Fiat, the all-new fifth generation model rides on the same MQB platform as the Golf, but redesignated A0 and measuring 95 mm longer in overall wheelbase, 87 mm in width and dropping one millimetre in height.
Featuring Seat's new x-shaped styling language and available in four trim levels; S, SE, FR and Xcellance, the Ibiza also ditches its predecessor's three-door and estate bodystyles for a five-door hatch only, with the interior sporting a five or eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Underneath the bonnet, and perhaps the most important teaser from a South African perspective, the Ibiza receives a range of revised engines consisting of a 1.0 TSI developing 70 kW or 85 kW, and a brand new 1.5 TSI with 110 kW. Diesel power will come from a re-jigged 1.6 TDI producing 59 kW and 70 kW respectively. No mention of a hot Cupra model was made.
Lower spec models will do with a five-speed manual gearbox and higher powered version with a six-speed, while a seven-speed DSG will be optional on select models.
Confirmed to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month with sales in the UK commencing in July, it remains to be seen what elements will make it into the next generation Polo.
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