The good news for Ibiza buyers is that the new model is introduced without a price increase over the outgoing car. In fact Seat is confirming that the majority of New Ibiza derivatives will be available at a lower price than their outgoing equivalents.
Thus the entry-level New Ibiza (the 1.2-litre 60 PS E in three-door SC bodystyle) remains available at £9,995 RRP on the road. As before, the UK range extends up from the E through S A/C and SE to the sporty FR model. For the first time, too, New Ibiza ST buyers will be able to enjoy the dynamic delights of an FR version as Seat expands its Formula Racing sub-brand to its svelte supermini estate.
The core basic model in the new line up (the Seat Ibiza S A/C) is offered at an average of £300 less than the outgoing S Copa editions. The most affordable Ibiza 5dr is therefore the 1.2 70 PS S A/C model, at £11,430 RRP on the road. This engine is also now available in the Ibiza ST body style, giving it a significantly reduced starting price of £12,140 RRP.
On the mid-level New Ibiza SE, there's a similar £300 average price reduction versus the outgoing SE Copa. Here, all Ibiza body-styles have the same four derivatives on offer. The 1.4 85 PS petrol model is joined by the 1.2 TSI 105 PS, with seven-speed DSG for those who require an automatic. Two diesels are offered in this spec; the frugal 92 g/km 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive and the 1.6 TDI 105 PS. The latter is available in SE trim for the first time.
Of course aside from compelling new prices, the design of the New Ibiza has been fully updated in line with Seat's latest styling direction. Since 2008 the brand has shown a selection of concept vehicles - most recently the IBE, IBX and IBL - which point the way to a range of all-new models yet to come. Under the stewardship of new Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos the New Ibiza takes on many of the sharp, dynamic details which will be a hallmark of Seat design in the coming years.
The new cars are available to order now, with a nationwide showroom launch planned for late April.