Minor styling and interior enhancements highlight the list of changes for the latest facelift

Minor styling and interior enhancements highlight the list of changes for the latest facelift

Following the debut of the updated Leon hatchback at last month’s Geneva Motor Show come the first images and details for updated versions of the sportier Ibiza FR and Leon Cupra models, both of which will be making their debut next month at the Barcelona Motor Show.

The new FR version of the Ibiza introduces several new features compared with the previous model, which all combine to provide a more intense driving experience. First of all, the new car is equipped with an efficient 150hp (112kW) twin charger 1.4L TSI engine but it also picks up a revised seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles.

Furthermore, the addition of the XDS electronic stability system provides greater driving comfort and safety. XDS works together with ESP and improves performance when traction is lost by braking the wheel that loses grip.

Changes to the updated Cupra include enhancement to its styling and interior package. Power comes from the familiar 240hp (179kW) 2.0L TSI engine, which is enough to accelerate the FWD hatch from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 247km/h.

Distinguishing the performance pair from the rest of the fleet are newly designed head and tail-lamps, new bumpers that lend a more aggressive appearance, silver door handles and unique alloy wheels ranging from 17 to 18in.

While Seat is yet to confirm the news, there are reports claiming the Spanish carmaker is also planning a new high-performance Ibiza hatch based on last year’s Bocanegra concept car to be presented next month. Check out our previous story for more details.