The currently sold fourth generation Seat Ibiza has been on sale since 2008 and is likely to enter fifth generation in 2017. The company’s chairman Jurgen Stackmann revealed several details about the next Ibiza in a conversation with Auto Express.
The 2017 Seat Ibiza will follow the footsteps of the Seat Leon by featuring a combination of sharp styling and brilliant driving dynamics. Much of design and styling can be expected to be inspired from the 20V20 crossover concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
According to the publication, the all-new supermini will use a new platform based on the the Volkswagen Group’s MQB architecture. Thanks to the flexibility offered by the platform, a crossover version is also possible and Seat is already working on it. The sub-compact crossover will rival with the Nissan Juke – which is also due to enter its next generation in 2016, the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and the Fiat 500X. Mr. Stackmann says that the company is focusing on the design, quality, feel and technology for the next generation Ibiza.
Coming to the topic of electrification, the Chairman hinted that a hybrid or pure-electric version is also likely. He said that electric and mixed (hybrid) systems are unavoidable in the future, and even though it’s costly and the infrastructure for these technologies isn’t there yet, small cars are perfect for electrified (hybrid/pure electric) powertrains. The company will speed-up the introduction of electrified cars as it gets closer to the end of the decade, but it wants to ensure the affordability, he added.
[Source: Auto Express]