The Ibiza ST will arrive at dealerships in the United Kingdom next year, bringing the number of distinct body styles of the Ibiza line to three, joining the existing Ibiza 5 door and the current Ibiza ST.
Designed by Luc Donckerwolke, former head of design for Lamborghini and in charge with the 2001 Diablo, 2002 Murcielago and 2004 Gallardo, the new ST "promises even more style, comfort and practicality" than its predecessor.
"Customers want attractive, top quality vehicles regardless of whether times are good or bad. That is why we are launching ten new models that suit customers’ tastes this year, thereby positioning ourselves for better times," Seat's president said.
Technical information regarding the new Ibiza are not yet released, as the manufacturer awaits to get closer to the release date. Seat did however confirm that the new ST will include a selection of engines not currently offered in the Ibiza. Most likely, those engines will be aimed at reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
"The addition of a great-looking, sporty and practical Ibiza ST to our fast-growing range is a very exciting development. It will, I’m sure, find significant appeal across a broad spectrum of UK drivers and I’m very much looking forward to its arrival in 2010," added the head of Seat UK, Peter Wyhinny.
The next generation Seat ST will be produced at the Martorell plant in Spain.