Spanish car maker, SEAT is wowing the crowds at this week's Barcelona International Motor Show with the debut of a road-ready version of its stunning Ibiza Bocanegra.
Staying remarkably true to the headline-grabbing Bocanegra concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a little over 12 months ago, the production version is today making its world debut at SEAT's "home" show.
Boasting several unique and dramatic black styling elements at its nose - hence the Bocanegra name, which translates as "black mouth" in Spanish - the new iteration of today's Ibiza is set to become one of the hottest superminis around.
Unveiled on the SEAT booth, the Ibiza Bocanegra's styling is also a tribute to the Spaniards' original Bocanegra, the 1200 Sport, which debuted in its home country back in 1975.
The '70s car, a milestone in the brand's history as the first model to be wholly developed at the SEAT Technical Centre in Martorell, quickly went on to become a firm favorite in its home market and notched up sales of more than 11,000 in just three years.
Scroll forward to today, and design features unique to the 2009 car include black double headlights, a central grille with honeycomb mesh and black surround including innovative air vents at the base.
The bumper combines black with the body color, while a broad grille beneath that takes care of cooling the engine. The foglights are built into the bumper, which is bigger at the bottom and over the wheel arches, and its distinctly muscular volume contributes toward the car's unmistakably sporty appearance.
Other elements that further add to the Ibiza Bocanegra's image are black mirror housings, a tinted sunroof and attractive 17" `Sira' alloys.
At the back, the Bocanegra features honeycomb mesh on the side grids, an impressive spoiler, chunky fenders and a tinted rear window. And if anyone were in any doubt that this really is a special SEAT, there's a prominent "Bocanegra" badge centered on the rear hatch of this most exclusive Ibiza.
Inside, the design delights continue with a bespoke interior that underlines the car's sporting style. The sports seats are upholstered with special fabric made of rhomboids stitched together in red, while the upper part of the seats sport the logo that identifies this version - a "B" also stitched in red.
Other eye-catching features inside include the three-spoke steering wheel, flattened at its base, which displays a `B' in aluminum in the middle of the vertical spoke.
Gloss black trim, aluminum-clad pedals and, of course, the Bocanegra logo on the instrument panel distinguish this car from the forthcoming Ibiza FR and Cupra versions, too.
In its home market the new Bocanegra will be equipped with the twin-charged 1.4TSI engine, either in 150 or 180hp guise. This new generation engine guarantees both performance and exceptional economy.
Meanwhile, XDS electronic limited-slip differential and a state-of-the-art seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts underline the Bocanegra's hi-tech appeal.