BARCELONA -- Volkswagen Group's Seat unit said its new Ibiza is a major step forward for the brand in safety, design, performance and comfort because of its new platform.
The Ibiza is the first VW Group car to use the automaker's MQB A0 underpinnings for smaller cars. The next will be the VW Polo, which debuts later this year.
The fifth generation of the subcompact is the "best Ibiza ever" because of the improvements, Seat said in a statement on Tuesday as the car was unveiled here.
The latest Ibiza is slightly shorter than the current car but is 87mm wider and has a 95mm longer wheelbase. Seat said the change in dimensions makes the car more compact outside but offers significantly more room inside.
The Ibiza, Seat's No. 2 seller globally after the Leon compact car, will debut at the Geneva auto show in March with sales starting in June.
Seat said the Ibiza's design offers the sportier look of a three-door car. It has edgier styling than the previous-generation model with more sculpted surfaces.
The Ibiza's new platform has enabled Seat to improve the car's driving dynamics, ride quality and driving comfort because torsional stiffness has been increased by 30 percent compared with the current model.
Advanced safety tech
Seat said the Ibiza's safety technology will include adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist, which can accelerate and decelerate the car in traffic congestion. The technology is unusual in the subcompact segment but is already in the Leon and Ateca compact SUV, Seat said.