- CO2 emissions cut to just 98 g/km
- 3.7 litre fuel consumption figure for 100 km
- Improved aerodynamics, engine management and weight reduction
SEAT’s range of ecological cars keeps growing.The original Ibiza ECOMOTIVE spearheaded a new line that was soon followed by the León and Alhambra models. After the recent launch of the fourth generation Ibiza, the new ECOMOTIVE version is available. Now even more conservation-oriented, the new car achieves a best-in-class emissions figure of only 98 g/km of CO2 and lowers fuel consumption to 3.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
These figures are unrivalled in its segment, and are possible thanks to the painstaking work carried out on the new 80 hp SEAT Ibiza 1.4 TDI equipped with the DPF particulate filter which, in its own right, already features excellent emission figures. Optimised aerodynamics, weight reduction and changes to the engine management have given rise to one of the cleanest cars on the market. The new Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is the only 80 hp model to feature air conditioning, a five-door body and emissions figure of only 98 g/km of CO2.
Available in both five-door and SC versions, this car is an excellent purchase. Customers not only save on registration tax in Spain and enjoy tax benefits in other countries, but by opting for this SEAT they will be driving an even more fuel efficient car that contributes more towards environmental conservation.
Improvements to the car’s streamlining have been essential in order to achieve emission reduction goals, with special emphasis on the front end, plus the addition of a spoiler on the rear hatch and rear wheel deflectors.
The radiator grille has been modified and is now completely closed. The lower grille design redirects some air flow away from the engine for enhanced aerodynamics. Another important element is the 40 mm front spoiler, which has never before been used on a SEAT model.
The addition of a new rear spoiler on the hatch of the Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is another important element. It usually suggests speed and sporty looks, but this feature contributes towards streamlining and performance, and therefore reduces fuel consumption and lowers emissions.
Last but not least, the rear wheels have been equipped with deflectors that further redirect airflow and improve the car’s aerodynamics.
All of these changes on the new SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE have lowered the car’s Cx drag coefficient from 0.33 to a very slippery 0.30.
An extremely efficient engine
The main work carried out on the engine has been to improve the software of its electronic management. The already excellent values of the 80 hp 1.4 TDI engine have been optimised, a three cylinder unit with an engine torque of 195 Nm delivered between 1,800 and 2,200 rpm. It includes an EGR exhaust gas recirculation valve and a DPF at the initial exhaust stage, which serves the dual purpose of catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter.
This system filters the soot particles typical of all diesel engines, but the ECOMOTIVE’s engine control unit is responsible for continuously checking the state of the filter, and activates regeneration to burn up the accumulated soot particles. Thanks to this system, the particulate filter is completely maintenance-free.
New software has been designed for the engine’s electronic management control that improves fuel consumption figures and CO2 emission levels. Optimised fuel injection and channelled air intervals through the turbo have led to a record 3.7 litre combined average fuel consumption for every 100 km. Consumption on the extra-urban cycle is only 3 litres, while at 4.9 litres, city driving also requires less than 5 litres per 100 km.
Further emission reductions have been achieved by reducing the car’s weight.
It was no easy task to lower the already competitive weight of the new SEAT Ibiza, but ten kilos have been shaved off that also contribute toward lowering the emission figures to 98 g/km from 114 g/km. The maximum kerb weight has been limited to 1,144 kg (70 kg less than the basic version), which means customers cannot include certain equipment combinations that exceed this figure.
Going back to aerodynamics, closed hubcaps on the 14 inch rims that create less air resistance, and the increased tyre pressure to 2.9 bars on the front and 2.7 bars on the rear tyres also help achieve the ECOMOTIVE’s outstanding sustainability figures.
Fewer emissions, enhanced performance
Strange as it may seem, the new ECOMOTIVE provides better performance than a standard Ibiza. The modifications added to reduce fuel consumption and emission levels have provided an additional benefit – better streamlining and less weight have led to enhanced top speed, acceleration and in-gear acceleration figures.
The new Ibiza ECOMOTIVE reaches a top speed of 177 km/h, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.9 seconds, covers a standing kilometre in 34.7 seconds and accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in 13.3 seconds. Figures for the basic version are 169 km/h, 13.1 seconds, 35 seconds and 13.9 seconds, respectively.
The new SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is available in the 5-door and SC body styles and the wide range of colours found on the new Ibiza. Besides the addition of the new rear spoiler, which makes it look different to the Reference version it stems from, it also includes body colour door mirrors and handles, double headlights and specific upholstery.
The new Ibiza ECOMOTIVE features an extensive line-up of equipment, similar to what is found on the Reference trim level, including ABS, ESP, TCS + EBA, Hill Hold Control, low tyre pressure warning, driver and passenger airbag, head airbag, MP3 audio equipment + aux-in + six speakers, electro-hydraulic power steering, 14 inch steel rims with 175/70 tyres and hubcaps, anti-theft aerial, steering column controls, air recirculation + pollen filter, remote controlled central locking, fasten front seatbelt reminder, rear seat Isofix anchoring points + Top Tether preparation, height adjustable driver and passenger seats and three height adjustable rear headrests, among others.
Any customer wishing to extend this long list can optionally include the rear parking sensor, cruise control, air conditioning and cornering foglamps.
The complete list of optional equipment includes the following elements:
- Storage package (drawers beneath the front seats + boot cargo net + storage pouches )
- Winter package (heated wiper nozzles + headlight wipers)
- Switchable passenger airbag
- Front and rear airbags + side airbags
- Volumetric alarm
- Dark glass
- Electric heated folding park position door mirrors
- Navigator pre-installation
- Electric heated door mirrors
- Heated front seats
- iPod compatible USB slot
- USB port + Bluetooth
- Metallic paint
- Emoción red paint
- Custom colour paint