New Cupra Ibiza 2019 revealedFebruary 22, 2018
Shown at the official Cupra launch event, the Cupra Ibiza is ostensibly just a show car for now; SEAT’s management say they want to gauge reaction to the car from customers and dealers before committing it to production. However, Auto Express understands that only a strong negative response is likely to halt the hot Ibiza’s development process – and that it will also be joined in the line-up by a Cupra Arona.
Both the Cupra Ibiza and Cupra Arona will have 200-220bhp at their disposal when they hit showrooms, SEAT has confirmed.
SEAT has not revealed any technical details on the Cupra Ibiza but the show car features lowered suspension, two-tone alloy wheels, an aggressive front splitter and a mix of gloss finish and Cupra’s copper-tinted ‘brand colour’ on exterior details.
The cabin reveals the show car to be DSG dual-clutch automatic – something that may upset the purists – but also shows that the Cupra Ibiza gets a flat-bottomed Alcantara steering wheel and front sports seats that feature a mixture of the suede-like fabric and a pattern stitched into the base.
The facia, meanwhile, is finished in a carbonfibre weave material, and incorporates SEAT’s touch-screen infotainment system. There’s also a fully digital instrument panel – a big step for the Ibiza – and a switch that suggests the car will have a number of different driving modes.
If, as expected, the Cupra Ibiza makes it through to production, it should have a price tag of around £20,000. But with bosses insisting that it won’t get the green light until dealer and customer demand is established, it’s unlikely to appear before 2019 at the earliest.