new SEAT Ibiza FR has been given a more
1st February 2006.
SEAT's best-known model, the Ibiza
supermini (B segment)
will come to the 2006 Geneva Motor Show next March with a
major facelift, bringing it into line with the new
generation of Spanish brand models.
profound transformation comes both in terms of exterior
styling as well as interior design. Short of being a new
generation, the new Ibiza
body restyling comes to
emphasise its sporty and dynamic characteristics even
further, with closer family looks the rest of the new SEAT
range, as it features elements from the Altea,
Toledo and León.
The new SEAT
Ibiza also features major
improvements in terms of the look of its interior, which
now utilises higher-quality materials.
FR (and Cupra) come with different 17”
One example is the new trim for the
dashboard and the door panels, which now features new
finish and colours. The same also holds true for the
upholstery, which is even more up to date and attractive
Right from its launch, the new Ibiza
range will comprise five trim levels:
The aesthetic transformation of the
model has the same effect on the first three trim levels,
while the FR and Cupra
feature specific modifications to accentuate their
Ibiza in 5-door (left) and 3-door versions.
The new front bumper, which is more
wrap-around in form and features a honeycomb grille, is
common to all trim levels of the new Ibiza, except for the
Also new are the visible tailpipes –
for versions featuring engines of 100 horsepower or
greater – as well as the twin headlights. Various light
clusters, dark-red in colour, are visible at the rear,
while the “Ibiza” badge is now positioned at the
centre of the tailgate, as seen on the latest generation
of SEAT models.
The wheels are now 15 inches in
diameter with 195/55 tyres, while Sport
versions have 16” wheels. The FR and Cupra models come
with 17” wheels with different designs for each version.
On the inside, further to the
modifications to the dashboard and door panels, the
redesigned steering wheel and gear stick are particularly
striking and the central console and air vents are now
finished in silver.
with exclusive seats, steering wheel, gear
stick and upholstery.
Ibiza FR - The new SEAT
Ibiza FR has been given a
more distinctive appearance, both on the outside and on
the inside. Thus, the body displays a front bumper
specific to this model, with a honeycomb grille featuring
enlarged air intakes, while the registration plate area is
highlighted in black.
The rear bumper is also an exclusive
feature, and while the name “Ibiza” is now situated on
the centre of the tailgate as for the other trim levels,
the letters “FR” are positioned on the right-hand
side. Other particularly distinctive features are the 17”
wheels with a specific design, and double chrome
Inside, the FR boasts a sportier
appearance thanks to the seats, which offer excellent
lateral support, and the steering wheel, gear stick and
upholstery, which are all exclusive to this model.
In this way the Ibiza FR creates its
very own style, with the letters “FR” appearing on the
lower part of the leather steering wheel in metallic look,
on the gearknob along with the gearshift pattern – also
with a metallic finish – and in the centre of the upper
part of the front seat backs.
Ibiza FR sporty interior.
Range - The new SEAT Ibiza range
will comprise a total of 18 versions from launch, the
result of combining the five available trim levels with a
choice of 11 engines.
The engine range for the new Ibiza line
will remain one of the most complete and wide-ranging on
the market, without undergoing any variation with respect
to the current line-up.
It features well-known power units. The
petrol range starts with the 1.2 12V developing 64
hp, and also includes the 1.4 16V generating 75 hp –
with manual or automatic gearbox – the 1.4 16V with 100
hp and the 1.8 20V turbo, with two versions developing 150
and 180 hp, which are exclusive to the Ibiza FR and the
Ibiza Cupra respectively.
All of these engines come with
five-speed manual gearboxes (apart from the
For diesel buyers there are five
options, all with direct-injection TDI technology – two
1.4 litre and three 1.9 litre engines. The 1.4 with 70 hp
is the entry-level engine. The other 1.4 version offers an
extra 10 hp. The third engine in the range is the 1.9
litre developing 100 hp, while the top end of the range
features the 1.9 with 130 hp (for the Ibiza FR) and the
Cupra’s 1.9 160 hp, the most powerful diesel in the
These last two power units come with
six-speed manual gearboxes, and the other three
engines with five-speed manual gearboxes. All five engines
fulfil the Euro IV emissions standard.
with electro-hydraulic assistance with
three different settings.
Chassis versions - The general
structure of the car has not been modified in the new SEAT
Ibiza. The chassis is the same as for the current model,
incorporating the “Agile Chassis” developed at the
Technical Centre in Martorell.
There are four different chassis
versions: the standard chassis featured in the Reference
and Stylance, a chassis specific to the Sport, a further
version for the FR, and last but not least, the Cupra,
which also comes with its own specific version.
Fundamentally, the suspension is
the same for all Ibiza models, with independent front
suspension and semi-independent rear suspension with a
torsion beam. The spring and shock-absorber settings, the
diameter of the anti-roll bars and the elastocinematik
characteristics of the silent-blocks of the anchorage to
the suspension are what distinguishes the lines from each
other, as all four versions have different settings.
The steering rack with electro-hydraulic
assistance is common to all trim levels, although
there are three different settings – one for the
Reference and Stylance, another for the Sport and FR, and
a third for the Cupra.
The brake system, which features ABS
as standard, consists of brake discs at the front
and rear for all versions with engines generating more
than 80 hp.
Versions featuring engines with more
than 100 hp come with TCS traction control as standard,
while the Cupra includes ESP (Electronic Stability
ESP and TCS are also available as
options for all engine versions.