First look: all-new Seat Ibiza - What else does it get?
The Ibiza will be the first supermini to use the group's seven-speed DSG semi-automatic gearbox: this speeds up manual shifts and makes them smoother.
Bluetooth mobile phone connection, hill-start assist, a USB socket and front foglights that swivel to illuminate corners are also available. Seat is looking at fitting a cradle that could take any portable sat-nav system, too.
One-touch electric front windows, remote locking and an MP3-compatible CD system with steering wheel-mounted controls will be standard in the UK.
The chassis is all-new, and although it uses a tried-and-tested suspension system similar to the current car's, Seat says it has been tuned to make the Ibiza particularly agile.
Semi-electric power steering is now fitted, but Seat is adamant that it will deliver the feedback expected of a car with a brief to be sporty in feel.