2017 Seat Ibiza spotted wearing Hyundai i20 camouflage
Next-generation hatch will be first to use MQB A Zero underpinnings; more cabin space and efficiency improvements on the agenda
The technique is sometimes used by manufacturers to hide the identity of its car, but in this case the car’s true identity is clear to see. It’s an all-new five-door Ibiza, due to make production in the second half of next year.
Despite the covers, it is clear this test mule is running new tail-lights that look to have taken influence from the units used on the larger Leon. Similar changes appear to have been applied to the headlights, too, suggesting the Ibiza will share several design features with its larger sibling.
The future Ibiza is also expected to get a more premium cabin to make the model feel more upmarket, and it looks to have grown in size, too, suggesting there will be more space for passengers.
This supports inside information that says the 2017 Ibiza will be the first car to use the VW Group’s upcoming MQB A Zero architecture, which is expected to make better use of space and also underpin future versions of the Volkswagen Polo (click here to see the 2017 Polo) and Skoda Fabia.
The bulk of the next Ibiza range will use the VW Group’s latest turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with a smaller 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit being retained.
The next-generation Ibiza will also spawn a crossover version later in its life, to sit below the Ateca SUV and offer a Seat alternative to the Audi Q2. Unlike the Q2, however, the Ibiza crossover isn’t expected to get a four-wheel-drive option, making do with front-wheel drive only. It’ll be slightly longer and taller than the hatch, and feature bulky wheel arches and a more youthful design.