The subcompact wagon has already been phased out, while the people carrier will be terminated by 2018.
Some people want to save the manuals, we want to save the wagons from the assault of crossovers and SUVs. Unfortunately, there’s one less on the market as Seat has announced the Ibiza Sports Tourer has been axed as a consequence of a weak demand. As a matter of fact, production came to an end back in May.
It means the next-gen Ibiza supermini due to arrive in 2017 won’t be offered in the ST body style, thus forcing people in the market for a subcompact wagon to look elsewhere, such as at Skoda’s hugely practical Fabia Combi or at Renault’s sharp-looking Clio Estate.
Instead of giving the all-new Ibiza the wagon treatment, Seat will introduce a subcompact crossover called “Arona” pictured above testing in prototype guise. The Spaniards have already made the promise to launch the Ibiza-based model by the end of 2017. With sales of high-riding vehicles still booming, it makes sense that Seat wants to capitalize on the trend and kill the slow-selling Ibiza ST in the process.
The Alhambra MPV is also approaching the end of the (assembly) line, with Seat’s design boss Alejandro Mesonero saying the people carrier is going to get the axe by 2018. He went on to specify a third crossover will take its place, one that has already been previewed last year by the 20V20 concept pictured above. It’s going to be a tad smaller than sister model Skoda Kodiaq, and much like its Czech counterpart, it will come as standard with a five-seat layout and the option of a seven-seat cabin arrangement.
The confirmed demise of the multi-purpose vehicle, which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary, comes a bit of a surprise taking into account sales of the MPV have gone up by 23 percent in the January - September interval compared to the same period of 2015. Part of the significant sales hike probably has to do with the facelift, which brought a sharper exterior design, more technology inside, and an updated engine lineup.