The Ibiza is on the market in the same basic shape since 2008. Because of that it started losing on sales to some of its competitors, so it is time for the 2016 Seat Ibiza. It is now going to run on a shortened version of the MQB platform, which is also going to be used by the next generation Polo and A1. This should mean that the Seat Ibiza 2016 is going to lose quite a bit of weight thanks to the usage of high strength steel and composite materials which were not used at all on the previous model.
2016 Seat Ibiza Release Date, Price
The release date for the upcoming model is set for the fall of 2015, it should be ready to be released by the end of the year, while the showroom availability will likely start next year. The 2016 Seat Ibiza price for the base model will vary greatly depending on the market, but the average will be somewhere between £11,500 and £18,000 which is a great price for a great little car.
Engine Lineup, Specs, Performance
Engine wise, thanks to the newer platform, the 2016 Seat Ibiza hatchback is likely going to offer all new engines, starting with an inline-3 and ending with an inline-4. The base is likely going to be a new generation of the TFSI lineup of engines, a turbocharged 1-liter I-3 which could produce between 75 and 95 horsepower, and 118 lb-ft of twist. More powerful variant offers 110 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Higher up the range, a 1.4L I-4 engine is going to be available with an output of 150 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for such a small car.
All of these engines will come as standard with a 6-speed manual, offering over 60 MPG on the European cycle. The 1.4-liter engine is also likely going to be offered with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox on some markets. In terms of diesel engines, the Ibiza will likely make use of VW’s 1.2L inline-3 diesel which can deliver between 75 and 105 horsepower and more than 70 MPG on average. A 1.4L unit is also a possibility, but this will likely come in the future. For the first time in some time, the car might also get a sport version with a 180-hp engine.
Interior and Exterior Design, Colors
Just as we said, the 2016 Seat Ibiza will use a new platform, so it will also get a new running gear. This will continue to be just as sporty as it ever was on any Seat and sportier than the equivalent Skoda Fabia or VW Polo. However, the comfort of its passengers will now be taken into account so it should also be more comfortable than before. The Ibiza’s cabin will likely be very similar in size and design to the Polo, but the dashboard is going to be modified in order to look like a Seat. Easy to read and use controls are going to be standard and the dashboard is likely going to make use of red dials in order to make the car feel like a sports car rather than a boring city car.
The outside of the Seat’s new hatchback is also going to change a lot over the current model. Photos released over the internet suggest that the car will be slightly bigger and it will borrow a lot of design elements from the new generation of the Leon, so a new front end, a more aggressive back as well as a lower general stance. The car should also get a rear spoiler for the high performance version as well as a dual exhaust system.
The 2016 Seat Ibiza will be available painted in these colors: Nevada White, Base White, Midnight Black, Chili Red, Emocion Red, Lima Green, Apolo Blue, Mediterraneo Blue, Alor Blue, Estrella Silver, Moonstone Silver, Pirineos Grey, Technic Grey, Adventure Brown.
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