Next-generation hatch will be first to use MQB A Zero underpinnings; more cabin space and efficiency improvements on the agenda
The 2017 Seat Ibiza is set to be unveiled tonight. The company has released an official video to show preparations are underway for the launch event in Barcelona.
Watch the video here:
The supermini will go on sale in July following its world debut sometime in the spring, most likely at the Geneva motor show in March. A previous Seat preview video showed the history of the brand’s big-selling supermini.
Seat has been particularly coy with the new model, and development cars have only been spotted wearing heavy cladding or disguises – the most recent was seen wearing camouflage to make it look like a Hyundai i20.
Despite the covers, it is clear this test mule is running new tail-lights that look to have taken influence from the units used on the larger Leon. Similar changes appear to have been applied to the headlights, too, suggesting the Ibiza will share several design features with its larger sibling.
The future Ibiza is also expected to get a more premium cabin to make the model feel more upmarket, and it looks to have grown in size, too, suggesting there will be more space for passengers.
This supports inside information that says the 2017 Ibiza will be the first car to use the VW Group’s upcoming MQB A Zero architecture, which is expected to make better use of space and also underpin future versions of the Volkswagen Polo (click here to see the 2017 Polo) and Skoda Fabia.
The bulk of the next Ibiza range will use the VW Group’s latest turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with a smaller 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit being retained.
The next-generation Ibiza will also spawn a crossover version later in its life, to sit below the Ateca SUV and offer a Seat alternative to the Audi Q2. Unlike the Q2, however, the Ibiza crossover isn’t expected to get a four-wheel-drive option, making do with front-wheel drive only. It’ll be slightly longer and taller than the hatch, and feature bulky wheel arches and a more youthful design.