Subcompact SEAT Arona and Ibiza received updates of the exterior, interior, and also some self-driving features. Their powertrain comprises improved engines, including a 90-horsepower gas equipment.
SEAT has simultaneously unveiled the revamped Arona crossover and Ibiza subcompact hatchback. They are key models for the automaker at present. So, even their restyling is of interest, especially since a lot of work has been done.
More than four years have passed since the debut of the all-new Arona and the fifth-generation Ibiza The latter is popular in Europe. We expected a generational change in 2021. However, the Spanish company preferred updating, and this is reasonable enough.
Back in 2017, when the Seat Arona and Ibiza debuted, experts noted they were completely new models, from a platform to electronics.
Today, there is no particular need to change generations, since the models’ market and design potentials are far from being exhausted. Restyling, or rather actualization, is another matter.
In addition to the new exterior and interior, the 2022 Arona and Ibiza have LED headlights as standard. Besides, SEAT uses four improved turbo engines from 95 to 150 horsepower including a four-cylinder 1.5 EcoTSI.
A version with the CNG (compressed natural gas) equipment from the factory is great news. SEAT, like Skoda, don’t abandon making biomethane-powered vehicles. The CNG unit develops up to 90 hp and combines with either a manual gearbox or a DSG automatic one.
Moreover, the company adds a new Travel Assist feature that provides semi-autonomous driving throughout the entire speed range. In a sense, this is true, especially when combined with automatic braking, lane-keeping, and traffic sign recognition systems. There is a driver fatigue recognition feature, adaptive cruise control and advanced Side Assist as well.
The last reduces the stress on the driver’s nervous system when changing lanes. Rear-view radars monitor blind spots at a distance of up to 70 meters. If the driver wants to change lanes, and there is another vehicle nearby, a warning will sound.
Obviously, SEAT takes safety very seriously, even at the expense of its market position. Apparently, new models will be more expensive than the current ones. We’ll see. Pricing has not been announced yet.