New Ibiza Geneva Motor Show reveal confirmed for March 17, preview facts and milestone moments for its forefathers.
New Ibiza builds on success of 4, previous, generations
The All-New, fifth generation, SEAT Ibiza launches July 2017 in the United Kingdom and the manufacturer has increased the sense of occasion by revealing various facts about its predecessors. The Ibiza Mk1 – a supermini - launched in 1984 as Michael Jackson's Thriller hit the charts and Ghostbusters busted box office records.
The Ibiza Mk1 proved popular and later evolved into the Mk2, Mk3 and Mk4. Combined sales exceed 5.4 million worldwide. If every example was parked bumper to bumper the line would exceed the distance between Barcelona, in Spain, and New Zealand. Furthermore:
- the Mk1 Design Director was Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro who was crowned Car Designer of the Century in 1999;
- the Mk1 engine was developed in collaboration with Porsche;
- the Mk4 consumes less than half the fuel of the Mk1;
- 700 vehicles roll of the production line each day;
- 80% of new vehicles are exported to more than 75 countries;
- the production facility incorporates more than 700 robots;
- the Mk4 contains more than 3,000 components;
- the Mk4 travels nearly 12km while it is produced;
- the Ibiza was the official car of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games;
- the Ibiza won FIA World Rally Championships in the 2.0-litre category in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
- New, 2017, SEAT Ibiza Mk5 preview
The All-New Ibiza Mk5 makes its world début at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. Details are sketchy, but SEAT confirmed that it comes in 5-door hatchback form only. It is 87mm wider, 2mm shorter and 1mm lower than its predecessor and has “much improved interior roominess”. Boot capacity totals 355-litres rather than 292-litres.
Engines include the: 1.0-litre TSI 95PS petrol, 1.0-litre TSI 115PS petrol, 1.5-litre TSI 150PS petrol, 1.6-litre TDI 80PS diesel and the 1.6-litre TDI 95PS diesel. Choose 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic, dual-clutch, transmission with manual mode. Performance and efficiency statistics have not been revealed.
All-New, 2017, SEAT Ibiza trim levels are: S, SE, FR and the XCELLENCE. Early indications suggest each trim has a pleasing specification. The FR, for example, has stiffer suspension than its siblings and the handling can be optimised to the suit road or personal preference. Modes are: Comfort, Eco, Sport and Individual.
The SEAT Ibiza Mk5 also incorporates: key-less entry, adaptive cruise control, engine start button, parking sensors, rear-view camera, wireless phone charger and the touchscreen interface. Although unconfirmed, prices are likely to start at around £10,500.