Seat has revealed the first pricing and specification information for the facelifted Ibiza supermini.
The Ibiza will go head-to-head with the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo in the hotly contested small car sector.
Seat Ibiza 2012 spec
The new 2012 Seat Ibiza will be available in four trim levels – E, S A/C, SE and sports-oriented FR.
Entry-level E specification is carried over from the previous Ibiza, but the new S A/C trim level replaces S Copa editions and still features air conditioning as standard. Mid-level SE replaces SE Copa trim, while Seat’s range-topping sporty FR (Formula Racing) trim level is retained.
The new car will be available in the same Ibiza SC three-door, Ibiza five-door and Ibiza ST estate body styles as the car it replaces. However, FR specification can now be ordered in five-door ST estate guise for the first time.
The latest iteration of Ibiza shows Seat’s new styling direction, with reshaped headlights incorporating LED running lights, a smaller front grille and new integrated front fog lights in the car’s front bumper.
Ibiza petrol and diesel engines
Entry-level E trim Ibizas will be powered by a 59bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, while five-door Ibiza S A/Cs get a 69bhp version of the same unit.
Buyers of the mid-grade Ibiza SE will be able to choose between 84bhp 1.4 petrol or 104bhp 1.2 turbo petrol engines, and the Ibiza FR has a 148bhp 1.4 turbo petrol – capable of 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds – or a 141bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
Two diesels will be offered on SE specification cars: a 74bhp 1.2 emitting 96g/km CO2 (zero car tax) and a 104bhp 1.6 unit.
Most engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard – six-speed on FR diesel models – while petrol FR cars receive a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Available from £9,995
Pricing for the entry-level Seat Ibiza E three-door SC remains at £9,995, but Seat is keen to point out that most variants of the new Ibiza actually cost less than the car they replace.
The Ibiza S A/C, is priced on average at £300 less than the car it replaces. The 69bhp 1.2 five-door S A/C variants begin at £11,430, rising to £12,140 for the ST estate.
The Spanish manufacturer is toting a price increase of £500 to go from three-door SC to five-door Ibiza models in all cases, while the move from the five-door to ST estate body styles costs an extra £710.
The sporty Ibiza SC in 1.4 turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel FR guises will cost £15,415 and £16,380 – £1,100 less than the vehicles they replace respectively.
The new Seat Ibiza is on sale now, with deliveries scheduled for late April.