The Spanish auto brand Seat has unveiled the production version of its latest Ibiza CUPRA, following the concept that was shown earlier this year during the China Auto Show organized in Beijing. As you can see from these official images, it benefits from the same array of styling revisions as the other Ibiza models, along with a new aero package consisting of redesigned front and rear bumpers, plus a wider front grille. Other than that, it packs LED headlamps and rear combination lights, bespoke 17-inch alloys, rear diffuser with a built-in centrally-mounted trapezoidal-shaped tailpipe and also black mirror caps.
Inside the cabin not a lot have changed as Seat only made small revisions, with a new sports steering wheel that has the “CUPRA” logo, along with the DSG paddles for the car’s DSG transmission. The entertainment system has also been revamped and new trim colors are now offered.
At the heart of the 2013 Seat Ibiza CUPRA is the familiar 1.4-liter direct-injected, turbocharged, supercharged gasoline engine that manages to pump out 178 hp and a peak torque of 184 lb-ft. The power unit sends those ponies with the help of a 7-speed DSG transmission, just like the outgoing version.
The chassis of the car has received some tuning and it also has been lowered, while other performance upgrades include the firm’s XDS electronic differential lock, an optional AP Performance braking system and a tweaked ESP electronic stability system with hill start.
Set to arrive in UK dealerships in January 2013, the facelifted Ibiza CUPRA has a starting price of 18,825 pounds.