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SEAT Launches New CNG-Powered Ibiza in Spain

Orders can now be placed for the new SEAT Ibiza, with a 1.0 TGI bi-fuel (natural gas/petrol) engine, which has the ECO label of the General Directorate of Transport and its subsequent advantages.

This model has a consumption of 3.3 kg/100 km in compressed natural gas (CNG) mode or, which is the same, needs an investment of only 2.81 euros to travel 100 km (average CNG price: €0.85/kg); while the 1.0 TSI petrol Ibiza counterpart needs an investment of 6.46 euros per 100 km, with its average low consumption of 4.7 l/100 km (average petrol price: €1.37/litre).

The TGI version of the Ibiza fifth generation is equipped with two tanks, one of CNG (13 kg) and another of petrol (40 litres), identical to the one in petrol versions. The total drive range, combining both tanks, is 1,320 kilometres without refuelling.

The SEAT Ibiza TGI always uses CNG as the main and preferred fuel. Once it is exhausted, it switches to petrol as an alternative fuel source: the switch takes place in an automated way and the driver does not notice any difference in the performance or dynamic driving of the vehicle.

Its 1.0 TGI three-cylinder and 12-valve engine features a 5-speed manual transmission. It offers a maximum power of 90 HP between 4,500 and 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 160 Nm between a regime of 1,900 and 3,500 rpm.

In terms of performance, the Ibiza TGI reaches a maximum speed of 180 km/h, with an average consumption of 5 lt/100 km in petrol mode and 4, 9 m3/100 km in CNG mode and emits 114 g/km of CO2 when using petrol and only 88 g/km of CO2 with CNG.

Source: NGV Journal and SEAT