Beijing show: SEAT Ibiza Cupra concept

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...

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  • CedricN 23 Apr 2012

    Damn my cupra will be old now smile

    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 smile I dont know about the front, I think the old one looks better, this one seems a bit audified smile

    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 smile

  • MonkeyMatt 23 Apr 2012

    looks sharper now! defiantely one of the better looking hot hatches

  • Tim16V 23 Apr 2012

    Looks really good - hopefully they've spent some money upgrading the poor plastics on the dashboard to give a more complete package.

  • macajc88 23 Apr 2012

    Looks good and im a big fan of Audi-like LEDs. Im waiting to test drive the new Fiesta ST next year before deciding on which of these £18-£20k hatches to go for..

  • daydotz 23 Apr 2012

    does look ok but the engine is still a liability rofl

    Edited by daydotz on Monday 23 April 14:30

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