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Spanish carmaker, SEAT, have updated their Ibiza compact hatch and announced a new FR Edition variant. The new SEAT Ibiza FR is on sale now and is gains a new more economical engine as well as more equipment as standard. Prices for the new model start at £15,920, which is £1,015 less than previous models.
What powers the new SEAT Ibiza FR Edition?
The company are offering a new engine for this version and it is available on both the FR and FR Edition models. This new engine is a more economical 140 brake horse power 1.4 litre petrol unit which emits just 109g/km of CO2, meaning you'll pay just £20 for annual road tax which is £110 less than on previous models fitted with the older, less economical engine. Fuel economy has been boosted by 12.2mpg, allowing up to 60.1mpg if you consider yourself an economical driver.
As seen in Volkswagen's vehicles, clever cylinder deactivation technology in the engine makes the figures possible by switching off two of it's cylinders, which could otherwise waste fuel, when the car is cruising along at steady speeds. It then turns them back on when more power is needed, without any input from the driver. Using the new engine, the model's 0-62mph time has been pegged at 7.8 seconds.
What else has the new SEAT Ibiza FR Edition gained?
All FR Edition models get red seatbelts, red brake callipers, titanium coloured 17 inch alloy wheels, matching coloured door mirrors, climate control and dark tinted rear windows.
All brand new SEATs also get a three year warranty that covers the repair costs of any manufacturer faults for up to 60,000 miles. You can also rely on the SEAT Ibiza's safety credentials as it received a full five star rating in the 2011 Euro NCAP crash tests.
The new FR Edition model costs just £600 more than the normal SEAT Ibiza FR, yet adds a generous £1,130 worth of extra equipment. The vehicle is available as either a three or five door model. First deliveries of the SEAT Ibiza FR Edition are expected to begin in June.