Seat has been dipping into the VW parts catalogue and making the most of the flexibility that this now allows.
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.