Seat reveals new Ibiza Ecomotive

The Spanish manufacturer has unveiled the new, third-generation Ibiza Ecomotive at the International Eco Friendly Vehicle and Sustainability Show in Madrid.

Seat has updated the Ibiza Ecomotive’s 1.2-litre diesel engine to emit 89g/km of CO2 and deliver fuel consumption of 83.1mpg. Seat says the figures are joint best-in-class and is one of the cleanest conventional engines on the market.

The Ibiza is Seat’s best-selling model both in Europe and in the Spanish market and 71 per cent of all Ibiza sales are for sub-120g/km models.

The new Ibiza joins the Leon, Altea, Altea XL and new Alhambra in Seat’s Ecomotive range and is the first Seat model to include Start/Stop technology and an Energy Recovery System.

Seat has also used the eco-themed event to display its electric plug-in IBE concept. The sports coupe concept was first introduced at the Geneva Show but Seat has not released plans to put the model into production yet.

Seat has, however, labelled the technology in the IBE the ‘drivetrain of the future’ and an example of a greener direction for future Seat models.

One car that has been confirmed for production is the Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive plug-in hybrid, which is capable of 50 kilometres in full electric mode. However, production will only begin in 2014 once Seat perfects the plug-in hybrid technology.

Seat will be showcasing the trio of green vehicles at the show from today until Sunday 23 May.