Cupra Ibiza sports hatchback won’t be releasedFebruary 24, 2020
Spanish competitor Fiesta ST will not go into mass production.
Back in February 2018, Cupra, the Seat sports and high-speed brand, introduced an updated version of the Ibiza supermini. The novelty was distinguished by bronze Cuprр badges on the grille, double tailpipes, huge copper-colored wheels and chic side skirts. Inside was suede trim and bucket seats. It was like a “tasty” version of a small car. And then the Fiesta ST appeared, and everyone safely forgot about the Cupra.
At the opening of the new Cupra headquarters in Barcelona, where the Spanish manufacturer introduced the new Leon hot hatch family, everyone remembered the super Ibiza and asked Cupra’s vowel engineer Axel Andorf about it.
“You know, one of our tasks in development is to think about potential portfolio positions for the future. It is useful to create show cars to understand how the car will look. For this, it is not currently planned to produce Cupra Ibiza. I do not spend a second of my time on this car. Buy a Fiesta ST right away if you reach for the Cupra Ibiza. Do you need a Spanish taste? Have dinner paella instead, ” – Axel said.
The rivals are on their way: later in 2020, the 200-horsepower Ford Puma ST will arrive, and the Hyundai N-unit will turn the Kona into a high hot hatchback. The Volkswagen Group currently lacks a productive crossover smaller than the 300-horsepower T-Roc R and Skoda, consolidating the vRS brand around the larger Octavia and Kodiaq models.
Of course, with the Cupra Ateca, already on sale, and the plug-in Formentor SUV plug-in waiting in the wings, Cupra is more like a 4×4 brand like Porsche. Perhaps Axel devotes more time to developing the new Cupra Arona.
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