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Seat Ibiza news - Differently the same - 2008
The new Seat Ibiza has arrived, and it’s
really-actually-quite-similar to the most
excellent Bocanegra concept we saw in Geneva last month.
Really-actually-quite-similar, but not
quite the same. With its wide, planted stance and strong creases, the Ibiza -
the first Seat designed by former Lambo stylist Luc Donckerwolke - retains the
same overall shape as the concept, but as so often happens, it seems to have
lost a little something.
doubting it’s a handsome thing, but the production car was never going to
retain the massive alloys and LED-studded tinted headlights. And besides, it’s
a five-door rather than a three-door.
It should be a decent drive, too: longer
than the outgoing model, the new Ibiza sits on a wider track with a revised
chassis, and Seat is promising ‘class-leading, sporty handling’. Impressively,
it’ll even come with the option of the VW Group’s DSG flappy paddle gearbox.
At launch, we’ll see three petrol engines
in 1.2-, 1.4- and 1.6-litre flavours, but expect a few TDI diesels to follow,
along with a three-door variant and, later, a properly hot FR version.
Here’s hoping it’ll come with the
blacked-out nose, evil LED headlights and chicken-wire front grille arrangement
of the Bocanegra.
If you want to transform your garden Ibiza
into something closer to the concept, however…
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