SEAT is pushing forward with its product offensive - the SEAT Ibiza ST is the third body style in the successful compact line-up from the Spanish manufacturer. The estate version of the Ibiza is the perfect vehicle for a youthful and sporty lifestyle, combining all of the brand's strong values - it has an emotional and attractive design, it is dynamic and efficient, practical and easy to use and financially attainable. The SEAT Ibiza ST offers six modern engine variants and a broad range of options and technologies. Market launch is scheduled for May 2010, with excellent value-for-money across all variants.
In creating the Ibiza ST, SEAT designers have taken a highly functional concept and clad it in the Spanish company's unique design language. It retains the youthfully sporty character of the Ibiza model range despite the estate principle with its large luggage compartment. The roofline stretches far to the rear with the rear overhang integrated perfectly into the overall design, while the taut side profile lends greater visual impact to the proportions. The front end bears SEAT's hallmark "arrow design" and the rear end has an individual and distinctive look courtesy of the two-part light clusters.
With an overall length of 4.23 metres, the SEAT Ibiza ST is longer than the 5-door version by 18 centimetres - allowing plenty of load space to meet all the demands of a sporty and mobile lifestyle. The base volume starts at a generous 430 litres and can be expanded in steps by folding the split rear seat back. Engineers paid particular attention to optimising the breadth and depth of the load opening. The entire bodyshell is built with the exceptional precision and stiffness that distinguishes SEAT products.
The interior of the SEAT Ibiza ST offers an impressive level of space and a high-quality character. SEAT designers and engineers paid enormous attention to the tiniest details. All elements are functional, practical to use and meticulously crafted - as evident in the high quality of the materials. A taut feel to the cockpit, circular air vents, a modern gear stick - the emotional character expressed in the design of the SEAT Ibiza ST is also evident in the interior.
Sporty dynamics with a high degree of efficiency is par for the course with every SEAT and is derived from its state-of-the-art engines. The SEAT Ibiza ST comes with a choice of three petrol and three TDI engines with common-rail technology. Four of the six engines feature direct injection and turbocharging. They span an output range of 70 to 105 hp (51 to 77 kW).
A further guarantee of agility and dynamics is delivered by the precise and safe chassis. With its comprehensive equipment in the three model lines Reference, Style and Sport, its broad range of hi-tech optional equipment - such as the 7-speed DSG transmission - plus its sporty chassis, the SEAT Ibiza ST is set to be a real contender in the small estate car segment.
The design - clear lines with a youthful character
SEAT's Head of Design Luc Donckerwolke and his team faced a particular challenge when working on the SEAT Ibiza ST - the station wagon of the range. They had to reconcile the estate concept and its spacious load compartment with the youthful, sporty character of the Ibiza. Moreover, SEAT's designers created a highly functional vehicle, clad in the brand's innovative and distinctive design language.
The front view of the SEAT Ibiza ST is distinguished by one element that is a hallmark of the expressive SEAT style - the "arrow design". The trapezoidal, chrome-framed radiator grille bearing the SEAT logo, the V-shaped contoured bonnet and the low-set headlamps create the distinctive "arrow" contour. The visual of the bumper area is dominated by large air intakes, which also provide fresh air to the intercooler of the turbocharged engine.
Double headlamps in an elegant chromed housing come as standard starting with the mid-level equipment variant Style. The lower air intakes incorporate fog lamps that illuminate junctions with static cornering light at speeds lower than 40 km/h. As an option, SEAT also delivers the Ibiza ST Sport with bi-xenon headlamps incorporating AFS Technology (Adaptive Front lighting System). This incorporates two additional functions - active curve illumination and daytime running lights.