With its innovative design and pronounced sportiness, SEAT's most emblematic Ibiza will be on sale this month throughout the company's dealership network, coinciding with the upcoming Madrid Motor Show.

The new Ibiza is dashingly youthful and features outstanding dynamic qualities thanks to the new Volkswagen Group platform which has been designed for this segment. This new development heightens the allure of SEAT's new model and combines with the new "Arrow Design" concept, featuring simpler, more powerful geometric lines that lend balanced aesthetics to the new SEAT Ibiza. Each detail on the Ibiza 2008 has been painstakingly crafted for outstanding quality and precision, including the equipment level with its attractive standard elements such as the head-thorax airbags, ESP electronic stability and Hill Hold Control, which greatly enhance comfort and safety.

The initial engine range includes three petrol versions (70 hp 1.2; 85 hp 1.4 and 105 hp 1.6) and one Diesel engine (105 hp 1.9 TDI) equipped with the DPF particulate filter, although the range will soon expand to include the 80 hp 1.4 TDI and 90 hp 1.9 TDI versions. All of the engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and feature outstandingly low CO2 emissions, of less than 160 g/km on the petrol versions and less than 120 g/km on the Diesel models.

The new Ibiza will be available with three trim levels – Reference, Stylance and Sport, with a complete list of equipment starting from the entry-level model.

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More complete and better equipped

By trim levels, the standard equipment list on the new SEAT Ibiza for the Spanish market includes the following:

Reference: ABS; ESP and TCS + EBA; driver airbag + passenger airbag; head-thorax airbag; Hill Hold Control; tyre pressure warning, MP3 audio equipment + Aux-in + 6 speakers, manual folding door mirrors and black door handles, 185/60 tyres on 15" steel rims and hubcap, single parabolic headlights, anti-theft roof aerial, spare wheel, steering column mounted controls, front power windows, remote controlled central locking, electric boot door mechanism, height and reach adjustable steering column, front seatbelt warning pitch, Isofix anchoring points on rear seats and Top Tether pre-installation, central console with 2 + 1 cupholders and power outlet, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, three height adjustable rear headrests and boot light, among others.

Stylance: Reference equipment plus climatiser, electric heated body colour door mirrors, body colour door handles, double parabolic headlights, foglamps with cornering function, Comino Home, cruise control, 185/60 tyres on 15" aluminium rims, trip computer, split folding rear seat, leather steering wheel and gearknob, front seat storage bags, rear power windows, vanity light and reading light.

Sport: The sportiest version adds to Reference equipment with electric heated body colour door mirrors, body colour door handles, double parabolic headlights, foglamps with cornering function, cruise control, 215/45 tyres on 16" aluminium rims, trip computer, split folding rear seat, leather steering wheel and gearknob, sports suspension, sports seats, front seat storage bags and rear power windows.

Attractive range of optional features

Depending on the trim level, the complete standard equipment list of the new Ibiza can further include a long list of optional elements.

These elements have been designed for increased comfort on both the interior and the exterior, and include a storage package featuring drawers beneath the front seats, a cargo net for the boot and storage pouches on the backrests of the front seats.

Geared for the exterior, the technical package includes a parking sensor, rain sensing wipers, Coming Home function and anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, and the Winter package, which features heated ejectors and headlight wipers.

The new Ibiza offers the Stylance and Sport design packages, which feature light tones on the soft-pad, front armrest, storage package, and dark glass on the Sport package.

The standard choice of rims on the three trim levels (15" steel Festival on Reference, 15" alloy Ingenia on Stylance and 16" alloy Fabula on Sport) can be optionally upgraded to the 15" alloy Caloria, 16" Sonda and 17" Saga on Reference; the 16" alloy Sonda and 17" alloy Saga on Stylance; and the 17" alloy Saga on Sport.

The list of optional elements includes the following: front and rear head airbag + side airbags, switchable passenger airbag, rear parking sensor, cruise control, foglamps with cornering function, heated electric door mirrors, air conditioning, climatiser, bi-xenon headlights with AFS and headlight wipers, navigator pre-installation, electric folding door mirrors with parking position, dark glass, front armrest, panoramic glass sunroof, heated front seats, volumetric alarm, iPodâ compatible USB port, Bluetooth connection, USB port + Bluetooth, metallic paint, emoción red paint and custom color paint.