Seat has released a first teaser of its next-generation Ibiza light hatch, expected to debut in late 2016 or early 2017.
To get the current model through, Seat is also expected to unveil a facelift for the six year-old fourth-generation Ibiza in the coming year.
As for the all-new 2017 model, this comparison chart, showcased at a company dinner to celebrate the range’s 30 year history, offers a first hint at what we can expect.
Speaking at the event, Seat boss Jürgen Stackmann said the new Ibiza’s designers are focused on ensuring volume-selling appeal and a unique design.
"It needs to be normal enough to be bought by everyone but different enough to stand out in the market,” Stackmann told the assembled guests and media.
The sketch shows that while Seat’s sharp angles will again feature with the new Ibiza, a more mature look will appear through the profile.
"It's going to have great horizontality, and blister lines developed from the Leon. The lines of the current car will change but the spirit won't,” Seat design boss Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos said.
“Even without badges it will clearly be an Ibiza, we are working really hard on the proportions so this new car still looks good when we celebrate the Ibiza’s 50th anniversary.”
The Ibiza’s direct counterpart in the VW range is the light Polo, and the next generation of that model will also utilise the MQB platform.