2015 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: Seat Ibiza Cupra facelift image

The Spanish automaker, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German group Volkswagen Ag, has decided to infuse some new life into its entry-level performance model, the Ibiza Cupra, which has been recently updated.

The refreshed model has officially made its public debut in Germany now, during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show and represents the last effort of the carmaker on the current supermini model which should be replaced soon by an all-new generation sometimes before the end of 2016. Back to the Ibiza Cupra at hand, the performance model comes with an entirely different engine now. We already knew about the switch since June when the brand announced it would retire the 1.4-liter TSI in favor of a larger 1.8-liter TSI and the move has been made official together with the subtle refresh.


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In terms of styling not many modifications have been operated, apart from coming standard with 17-inch alloys and bi-xenon headlights complete with LED daytime running lights, with the LED technology also employed for the taillights. More important novelties come from inside the cabin where the steering wheel is the same as on the bigger Leon and we also have revised air vents and a modified instrument panel. We can also see a new look for the infotainment system that now comes with MirrorLink and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Under the hood the newly introduced larger-displacement engine – which has been loaned from the VW Polo GTI – comes naturally with a bigger “bang”. We have now 192 PS & 320 Nm of maximum torque instead of the previous 180 PS & 250 Nm setup and that means the updated Ibiza CUPRA will jump to 10 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.7 seconds (0.3 seconds faster) and will max out at 235 km/h (146 mph). The higher performance has no toll on mileage though, with the average fuel consumption at 6 liters / 100 km (39.2 mpg).