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The first images of the Cupra Ibiza, the new hot hatchbank from new Seat sub-brand Cupra, have leaked online.
Seat is turning its Cupra performance model range into a full standalone sub-brand. The firm is known to have been developing a Cupra Ateca SUV, but the leaked images showcase a hot version of Seat’s class-leading small car.
The images, which come from the Cupra Sport fan Instagram page, show the hot hatch bearing the new brand’s logo, in a bronze colour previewed on the Leon Cupra R – the last Cupra car from Seat. The photos show of the performance version of the Seat Ibiza show that Cupra models won’t feature any Seat branding.
Large alloy wheels and an aggressive body kit, with carbonfibre aerodynamic additions, mark the car out aesthetically from the standard Ibiza, while the carbon theme continues to the interior, with an airbag cover finished in faux carbonfibre, and a large portion of the dashboard finished to match.
An automatic shifter confirms that the car will get a DSG gearbox, with a manual gearbox also likely available. No engine details are known, but it’s expected that the hot Ibiza will get the same 197bhp, 236lb ft 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the Polo GTI. Previous Ibiza Cupras were in turn exclusively DSG- and manual-equipped.
Former hot Ibizas have been harder-edged than Polo GTI equivalents, with stiffer suspension but the same power and torque as their Volkswagen counterparts.
The Cupra branded version of the Seat Ateca is thought to be making its first appearance at the Geneva motor show next month. The timing of this particular leak hints that the Ibiza will appear alongside it, or shortly afterwards.
Seat confirmed Cupra’s new position as a stand-alone unit in January, revealing an aggressive-looking logo and plans to produce multiple models under the Cupra name, rather than being Seat-branded.