Well, we say concept... it's more of a 'refresh'...
SEAT has unveiled what it, at least, is calling a 'concept' - the new Ibiza Cupra - at the Beijing motor show.
We use those inverted commas because, although officially a 'close-to-production' car, this is evidently a near as makes no difference the hot Cupra version of the revised Ibiza range - which went on sale in the UK a few days ago.
Even then it doesn't in all honesty seem massively revised, with the 1.4-litre still turbocharged and supercharged, still putting out 180hp, still via a seven-speed DSG transmission with the XDS electronic differential lock.
There are a few styling tweaks, mind, with LED DRLs at the front and new LED tail lamps. There's been some titivation going on inside, too, with a new sports steering wheel and an all-new entertainment system with a portable 5-inch screen that incorporates sat-nav, phone and a trip computer.
All of which is nice enough, but to call the 'new' Ibiza Cupra a concept does stick in the craw somewhat. It's a facelift guys, admit it...
I see that they changed color on the temp screen and freshhend up the stereo (although looks a bit messy). The dials also seems redone.´I´m glad that they didnt change the engine, feels better for me I dont know about the front, I think the old one looks better, this one seems a bit audified
Great car though, really enjoy it as a daily commuter. Maybe not the raciest hatch but for everyday fun and practicality its awesome. And most important it looks special, evertime I leave the car and look back at itIi think, sweet lookin car. Thats one reason why i didnt chose the boxy fabia
The Ibiza is the best looking small hatchback IMHO. Well, certainly out of the other cars it shares its platform with - A1, Polo, Fabia. Remember the original version was designed by ex-lambo stylist, so that perhaps is the reason!
At 9.10am Monday morning, Head of Design @ Seat Design Studio puts down the phone and announces "It's a new record, those buggers @ the 911 Design Studio have already packed-up and gone down the pub for the rest of the week!"
"OK, let's go join them - here's the story - why are we late? - well, unlike you blokes we've done a Concept, not just another Facelift! If they ask to see pics, say sorry, can't let you ........ it's really radical, absolutely unlike any other Seat the World has ever seen before. Above all, remember to keep a straight face"
IMHO the cupra looks far, far too bland. What really differentiates it from an FR? I think its the wheels that let it down the most, the alloys from the previous Cupra (and leon cupra) looked far more menacing and hot hatch-ish. These just look so boring and could be from anywhere in the range!
Seeing that makes me wish we got Seat over here. Much more interesting than a Golf, IMO. Wish we got that little twin-charged engine, too. 180BHP out of 1.4L! That's the kind of figure that used to only be found in sport-bikes like the Hayabusa.
Totally disagree, think they've made it look worse
Well having owned the current one, I prefer this, but each to there own. I won't be upgrading anyway the biggest problem with the car is the shoddy build quality and cost cutting - they've done nothing to address either by the looks of things.
What's the current fascination with manufacturers sticking sat navs to the top of the dashboard?
Is it so they can charge more but only design one dashboard?
In this case its because the radio slot was badly designed originally, so it doesn't accommodate any of the in-dash VAG sat navs. Previously you could get a TomTom mount but it looks like they are changing over to using the portable Media System from the Up, Mii and Citigo.