SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra on the Show Floor in Barcelona

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The 2009 Barcelona Auto Show yesterday witnessed the introduction of the long-awaited SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra, a model that was first unveiled to the world as a concept in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show.

As you can see for yourself in the adjacent photos, the Bocanegra looks incredibly appealing, with the front fascia, together with the front black parts translating into the model's name (black mouth in Spanish). Extended headlights, large front bumper and fog lamps, all contribute to an aggressive yet sporty stance on the road.

Under the hood you'll find a twin-charged 1.4-liter TSI engine that could generate either 150 or 180 PS while achieving "exceptional" fuel economy as the Spanish manufacturer said in a release.

Inside, the car boasts an impressive array of equipment, starting with sport seats upholstered with special fabric made up of rhomboids stitched together in red and ending with three-spoke steering wheel with the B capital in the middle of the vertical spoke. Gloss black trim, aluminium-clad pedals and, of course, the Bocanegra logo on the instrument panel are also offered as standard.

Additionally, the car comes equipped with 17-inch Sira alloy wheels, darkened sunroof and rear window plus black exterior mirrors casings.

"The surprise unveiling of Luc Donckerwolke's brilliant design concept at Geneva last year caused a real buzz around the show, and I'm sure the appearance of this remarkable production version will do the same in Barcelona," head of SEAT UK, Peter Wyhinny, said. "I'm very much looking forward to seeing right-hand drive versions of the Ibiza Bocanegra turning heads on UK roads later this year."

The Spanish manufacturer confirmed it will also develop a right-hand drive version of the Bocanegra, especially for the British market, but further details are yet to be released.
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