First look at the 2012 Seat Ibiza
Seat has revealed a new look for its Ibiza supermini for 2012 and some money-saving improvements to its engine line up.
The three-strong Seat Ibiza range includes a three-door 'sports coupe', five-door hatchback and 'ST' estate and all three get a new trapezoidal grille, redesigned air intakes and new bumpers at the front and rear.
It is a tidying up of a car which has won plaudits for its style in the past and should keep sales strong for the best-seller in the Spanish car maker's range.
Inside the changes continue with a less cluttered dashboard housing a new, easier to read instrument panel and a larger glove compartment adding a bit of extra practicality to the range.
The new 2012 Ibiza also gets a sprinkling of new technology including a 'portable media system' with touchscreen monitor.
This is essentially a sat-nav, sound system and hands-free kit all rolled into one in a removable design. It will be built into future Seat cars from 2013.
The engine range stays largely unchanged and ranges from a 1.2-litre 60PS petrol to a 1.4-litre TSI supercharged and turbocharged unit offering a more performance-led drive.
However, the most efficient diesel in the range, the 1.2-litre TDI E Ecomotive model, now delivers just 89g/km of CO2 emissions.
This represents one of the best diesel engines on the market in terms of CO2 emissions and comfortably sits in the zero payment Band A of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
Seat promises a refresh inside and out for the new 2012 Seat Ibiza and the first models will go on sale from spring 2012 with prices being announced closer to the launch date.