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The Martorell subcompact star has been leaked just prior to its reveal, but it’s still looking good once the official pictures and details have come through – now a tad shorter than its predecessor, but with a longer wheelbase for more interior space.

The fifth generation Ibiza has decided to look up to its bigger brother – the recently refreshed Leon – and even takes cues from the Cupra as well – though it goes against the industry trend and doesn’t actually come closer to the compact segment in length, dropping 2 millimeters from the predecessor. Fortunately, the engineers found a way to actually increase – significantly – the wheelbase by no less than 95 mm and now comes in at 2,564 mm. This is thanks to the new standard architecture for subcompact cars – the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 – debuting on the Ibiza before reaching the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia as well. Width has also surged by 87 mm and so did the front and rear tracks – by 60 mm and 48 mm, respectively. All in all, the Ibiza now has additional 24 mm headroom at the front and 17 mm in the back, while the seats are 42 mm wider than before. The trunk is also stellar – plus 63 liters to a trip companion 355 liters.

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The powertrain department kicks off the proceeds with the turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline engine good for 95 and 115 horsepower. For more oomph you can relate to the new 1.5-liter TSI Evo coming from the Golf facelift along with its 150 hp. Fuel economy is great when selecting the 1.6-liter TDI with 80, 95, and 110 hp – and Seat even offers a 90-hp version of the 1.0-liter TSI compatible with compressed natural gas (CNG). Gearboxes range from five- and six-speed manual versions to the seven-speed DSG. For now the Ibiza has been presented as a five-door hatchback, in Reference, Style, FR, and XCelence trims. The FR will remain the sporty one with different exterior design details and a sporty setup for the suspension while the XCelence will go for luxury and comfort. Seat is also a fan of LEDs apparently – there are full-LED headlights, indicators, fog lights, dashboard, and even red or white LED ambient lighting for the aforementioned FR and XCelence trims.

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Inside there’s an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and Mirror Link and for a “few pennies” more the automaker will hook the owner to a seven-speaker, 300-watt Beats sound system. Safety is also paramount – Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Traffic Jam Assist and others will be included, either standard or optional. The 2017 Ibiza will be showcased during the Geneva Motor Show in March and later this fall – at the Frankfurt Motor Show the crossover “Arona” will also make its official debut. The three door SC and practical ST wagon have been ditched from the Ibiza range for the fifth generation.