The evolution and revolution go hand in hand lately in Seat. The Spanish brand transits to a world electrified building proposals for the future and maintaining, at the same time, their icons more alive than ever. This is the case of Seat Ibiza, that in his fifth generation faces this year his latest makeover. The next arrival of a 100% electric model in the segment B that would occur (if things are not twisted) in Martorell It will make the history of Ibiza as such come to an end. For this reason, this latest installment of the utility, called to be one of the great stars in the history of the Spanish brand.
And if we get to touch the IbizaBetter to do it with your brother too B-SUV, the Arona. That model that in its first prototype it came to be called Nice, also undergoes a makeover this year to continue advancing in the market. In fact, this evolution to an SUV of the Ibiza icon has already outperformed the traditional compact proposal and last March it became the second best-selling model of the brand behind the already consolidated Seat León.
The new Seat Ibiza, that we remember was the ssecond most voted model in the choice of Car Of The Year de 2018, offers an aesthetic change in the front that receives the new Seat logo (now finished mate) and a redesigned grid, with groups LED optics as standard throughout the range.
On the back it incorporates the focused and stylish name of handwritten calligraphy (as was the case with Ateca, León and Tarraco), led lights and also presents three new rim models.
A ‘different’ Arona
The Arona, meanwhile, receives a more daring proposal with the Xperience finish (new) that gives it a slightly more country look. This type of variant, released almost at the same time as the arrival of the Ateca for him Seat Léon, offers a more robust image that is defined by the positioning of the fog lamps on the upper part of the bumper, just below the optics and flanking the grill. They are an element optional.
The front diffuser and the lower part of the bumper are also new, which in the Xperience are matte chrome. It also premieres the logo mate de Seat and the name in handwritten calligraphy.
It has a muscular profile by three lines of blisters. The techo can be bicolor, as before, but add one more option in White. The back has also been redesigned with a new style spoiler and diffuser. The dimensions remain the same. As for colors, they release three novelties, two blue and a Dark Camouflage (the same one that Tarraco is wearing).
Inside both receive a revolution in terms of equipment, design and materials. So much Ibiza What Arona premiere dashboard. The volante is new, thicker and with a flat part at the bottom. The upper part of the console is equipped with a fluffier material, while the lower part has another style and color tone.
Design is also added in the side and central air vents, framed in color and backlit in the top-of-the-range version. The screen It is no longer in the center of the dashboard, but in floating position, higher and, therefore, easier to consult. In addition, it has grown. Now measures 8.25 inches diagonal, but optionally can happen to be 9.2 inches. From there you can handle ‘almost’ all the elements of the vehicle.
It is a floating screen from which almost all the elements of the system can be controlled. We say almost all of them because, fortunately and despite the fact that they say that it is a matter of getting used to it, the air conditioning system is conventional, with buttons, on the bottom. The thing of leaving everything to the multifunction screen of the Leon and Ateca not that it arouses many fans. This central screen is complemented by that of the instrumentación digital, which was already available in both models, but now grows to 10.25 inches.
Connectivity and motors
So much Arona as Ibiza have a connection system Wireless Full-Link for vehicle devices, which together with the application Seat Connect They make it possible to achieve greater interconnectivity between the conductor and the system. They also add other elements of equipment such as reading traffic signs, high-beam assistance. The Ibiza incorporates a lateral steering assistant and an improved version of it is mounted on the Arona since it was included in the current equipment.
The new ones Ibiza and Arona will start to be sold in August, with a range of gasoline and Natural Gas engines. Eliminating the diesel, the basic engine of 1.0 liter atmospheric 80 hp with five-speed gearbox (only available for the Ibiza). Then there are two other 1.0s, both turbocharged, one of 95 CV cwith a five-speed manual transmission and another 110 CV with six-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. This last gearbox is the only option for the top of the range, the 1.5 four-cylinder 150 hp. Engine gas, also one liter, yields 90 hp and it is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.