Seat has revealed the facelifted 2016 Ibiza CUPRA with a new engine and announced that it will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) this month. The performance variant will now sport a larger 1.8-litre TSI motor, replacing the 1.4-litre version offered earlier.
Seat had earlier revealed plans of replacing the 1.4-litre engine with the 1.8-litre engine sourced from the Sister brand’s VW Polo GTI. The new engine develops 192PS (189 hp) of power and 320 Nm of torque compared to the outgoing 1.4-litre engine’s 180PS (177 hp) and 250 Nm.
The new engine allows the Ibiza CUPRA to accelerate from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than before, and hit a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h). The fuel economy figure stands at 47 mpg UK (16.67 km/l).
In terms of exteriors, the MY2016 model gets a mild nip and tuck. On the front and sides, new features include LED daytime running lamps, Bi-xenon headlamps, sharp character lines, black gloss door mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear features broad bumpers with a matte-black diffuser and trapezoidal tailpipes. The updated model also gets LED treatment for the tail lamps.
The interior adds a steering wheel from the Leon family while the air vents and the instrument panel feature a revised design. The infotainment system also has been revised and features the new Seat Drive app and Seat Connect app. It also adds Seat Full Link connectivity solution with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration technology.
The press release is embedded below the image gallery for further information.