The fourth generation of SEAT’s B-segment model has been around since 2008, so naturally a replacement is being prepared. We learned a short while ago the plan is to show the fifth-gen Ibiza at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October which is why these latest spy photos show a prototype carrying the production body. It looks pretty much ready to lose the disguise and reveal its Leon-influenced design.
Those with a good memory will probably remember SEAT teased the fifth iteration of its supermini way back in July 2014. Looking at the attached spy images and teaser pics, it seems the new Ibiza will adopt a sharper design which will have a lot in common with its bigger brother that is bound to be facelifted just in time for Paris.
A slight increase in size is expected compared to the outgoing model while underneath the skin will probably be an adaptation of the MQB platform combined with bits and pieces from the current car. As far as the engines are concerned, the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder will likely find its way underneath the hood. The existing 1.4 TSI will probably be offered by SEAT as well, but we know the Volkswagen Group has plans to phase out this engine and replace it with an all-new 1.5 TSI.
Being a small car, don't expect any large diesel engines, which is why we believe SEAT will sell the new Ibiza with the 1.4 and 1.6 TDI duo. It's worth mentioning the 1.6 will also be axed to make room for a new 1.5 TDI. These two 1.5 engines will debut on the facelifted Golf 7 next year and then will trickle down to lesser models from the group.
Further down the line, a spicy Cupra version will join the range, but that’s unlikely to happen sooner than 2018 taking into account the regular model is set to go on sale early 2017. Meanwhile, SEAT is gearing up for a Paris public debut of the standard car at the beginning of October, so look for an online reveal possibly sometime in September.