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Seat ups the power and tech on Ibiza Cupra

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Seat has increased the power output on its Ibiza Cupra from 178hp to 190bhp on its 1.8-litre TSI engine and the supermini hatch can now hit 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds.

The Spanish brand has also updated the Ibiza’s tech features with Seat Full Link, the SEAT DriveApp and the SEAT ConnectApp all offering more connectivity features than before, including compatibility with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

The Ibiza Cupra comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels and tuned suspension. One new standard feature is the Cupra Drive Profile, which allows the driver to adapt the car’s steering and suspension. The system offers two settings, comfort suspension and sport suspension, and also modifies steering behaviour. It also features bi-xenon headlamps with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, climate control, cruise control and tinted glass on the side and rear windows.

The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system comprising Hill Start Assist, Multi-Collision Brake, Tyre Pressure Warning and Tiredness Recognition, all come as part of the Ibiza Cupra’s standard safety package.

Another new safety system is the Multi-Collision Brake. Following a serious collision, it automatically slows the car down. If the airbag is activated by the first collision, the electronic stability control brakes the car and switches on the hazard lights.

Interior changes include new upholstery on the sports seats with black fabric with light-grey inserts, while Alcantara upholstery is as an option. The leather steering wheel is standard, as are aluminium-look pedals.

UK prices will be confirmed closer to January when the new car goes on sale in UK dealerships.

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