At the Beijing Auto Show today Spanish car maker SEAT unveiled a new concept version of the Ibiza Cupra. Presented as a close-to-production concept car, this Ibiza is basically a souped up version of the current version with more dramatic styling. The sport theme continues inside with two-tone black and yellow upholstery and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
This SEAT gets the same old 1.4-litre TSI four-cylinder petrol engine with 180PS, mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission and XDS differential lock.
The Ibiza Concept’s aggressive look is mainly due to the new front bumper with its massive air intake, sports front grille and headlights that appear to be inspired by Audi. Around at the back, you find a diffuser with a large central exhaust right in the middle. This feature is apparently inspired by Lamborghini. Put these things together, and you have to say this little hot hatch has an appealing character.
Interior design and build of this car gives its VW roots away. Everything is well sorted and everything is of good quality. The new sports steering wheel with the Cupra logo and the shift paddles for the DSG transmission, the dedicated instruments and the leather sports seats with their lateral flashes of yellow to match the Cupra exterior are all clear indications of the special role held by the top version of the Ibiza range.
The car also features a new entertainment system with a 5-inch removable display with a navigation system, hands-free phone system with voice control and an on-board computer.