The new SEAT lbiza 1.0 TGI delivers 90 PS performance and an average certified fuel consumption of3.3 kg/100 km in CNG mode, which is the same as making 3.22 euro investment to drive 100 kilometres.
The total distance that the new lbiza TGI can cover amounts to 1,194 km when making use of the 13 kg of CNG and the 40 litres of petrol in both fuel tanks.
TGI engine, the most sustainable lbiza
The new SEAT lbiza is equipped with the three cylinder, 12 valve 1.0 TGI engine, which is mounted with a five-speed manual gearbox. It delivers a maximurn output of 90 PS between 4,500 and 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 160 Nm between 1,900 and 3,500 rpm.As far as performance levels go, it reaches a top speed of 180 km/h, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.1 seconds,and its certified figures include an average fuel consumption of 5 l/100 km in petrol mode and 4.9 m3/100 km (3.3 kg/100 km),emitting only 88 g/km of C02, in CNG mode.
The TGI version of the fifth generation lbiza is equipped with two fueltanks,one for 13 kg of CNG and the other with a 40 litre capacity for petrol, which is identical to all other petrol version lbizas,and their combined capacity gives it a totalrange of up to 1,194 kilometres before having to refuel.
In addition to featuring the same systems as those included in the petrolversions of the lbiza1.0 TSI, the new lbiza TGI also has the necessary components to run on natural gas, such as a CNG tank, a filler neck next to the petrol filler neck,several gas temperature and pressure sensors on the different components and a pressure regulator and gas distribution system, among others. Furthermore, it also adds specific chrome-nickel covered pistons that incorporate new segments that are adapted to use with gas as well as reinforced valve seats to increase wear resistance, and the admission valves have been raised to improve gas circulation towards the interior of the chamber. Moreover,the turbocharger on the lbiza TGI weighs less, so the turbine acts immediately to increase engine response. Finally, it also features specific fuellevelindicators for each tank,which are located on the instrument panel.
The SEAT lbiza TGI always uses natural gas as the main fuel,except if the temperature ofthe antifreeze falls below -10 °C,when the engine starts with petrol and begins a heating process of the gas injection valves, prior to the automatic activation of the CNG circuit. With this exception, the lbiza TGI only runs on petrolas a source of alternative fuelwhen the CNG tank
is empty. This switch over happens automatically without the driver perceiving any difference in the vehicle's performance or dynamic handling. A display lights up on the instrument panel to let the driver know they are driving on naturalgas, and there are also indicators of the fuel level in both tanks. In this sense, the lbiza TGI combines two vehicles into one, enabling the possibility of more sustainable,economicaldriving with Compressed Natural Gas, or driving in petrolmode as with a conventionalvehicle when all the gas is consumed.
It is worth emphasising that the new lbiza TGI is available in every trim level, including the sporty FR finish, which also features an even more complete 'FR EcoPlus' version, equipped with an exclusive list of optionalequipment as standard,including elements such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), full LED headlamps, Full Link, front and rear parking sensors and rear vision camera, among others, as well as the Media System Plus radio system with a 20.3 em (8 inch) touchscreen, which displays dual information on the consumption figures and the distanc e driven according to the type of fuelconsumed.
Additionally, the display also shows information on the quality of the naturalgas, consumption and remaining driving distance with both fuels,as well as possible CNG system malfunctions.
The new SEAT lbiza has been designed, developed and produced in Martorell, and represents a decisive step in the future of SEAT. In the first place, because it showcases the Volkswagen Group's latest technology, the MQB AO platform (Modular Quer Baukasten) which the Spanish model was the first to use and which offers incredibly fun and dynamic driving, not to mention the smooth drive comfort and safety the iconic model provides. And in the second place, because it comes with the most advanced technology, spectacular dynamism and a significant increase in passenger compartment spaciousness. The lbiza retains all its usual youthful,dynamic, functional spirit, but this time with the best technology.
lbiza TGI, the most economicalalternative
SEAT continues with its commitment to the environment by promoting its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and petroltechnology for the long list of benefits it provides customers with,both in terms of cost savings as well as its ecological aspects. Its most significant cost benefits are the following:
• CNG is much less expensive than any other type of fuel- because of its low cost per kilo, and as it is not a petroleum derivative, it is not affected by unexpected fluctuations in barrel prices. In addition, cars fuelled with CNG have low maintenance costs as they are equipped with a single engine that can run on both types of fuel.
• Furthermore,Compressed NaturalGas is the most efficient fuel, as it requires a smaller amount to produce the same energy. The energy generated by 1kg of CNG is approximately equivalent to 2 litres of LPG,1.5 litres of diesel or 1.3 litres of petrol.
The new SEAT lbiza TGI is available with a functional 5-door chassis and loads of interior space. The totalwidth for the front seats amounts to 1,425 mm,with a distance of 1,022 mm from the seats in their lowest position to the ceiling. Likewise, the rear seats have a total width of 1,403 mm, with 957 mm of headroom and amazing legroom for passengers sitting in the rear.
Furthermore, even though the gas tank is located beneath the boot floor, the new lbiza TGI still offers a lot of room in the boot, with a total loading capacity of 262 litres.
Its overall dimensions are 4,059 mm in length, 1,780 mm in width and 1,444 mm in height. The front track measures 1,525 mm, the rear track 1,505 mm and it has a 2,564 mm wheelbase.
SEAT's CNG modelline-up
But it isn't just the new SEAT lbiza that is the best ECO alternative. The 110 PS SEAT Leon 1.4, in its five-door and estate ST versions, features a CNG engine on the Reference and Style trims, and emits between 99 and 101 g/km of C02 with an average consumption figure of 5.6 l/100 km.
In addition, the 68 PS SEAT Mii 1.0, which is available with a functionalthree or five-door body style and five-speed manual gearbox, only emits 83 g/km of C02 and consumes an average of 4.5 l/100 km. This car is small on the outside but big on the inside, and is equipped with all the necessary comfort and safety elements to enjoy city driving in style.
These three models, together with the SEAT Arona TGI which is scheduled for the end of 2018, will make SEAT the company with one of the most comprehensive CNG range.
SEAT's CNG strategy is paying off. In 2017,CNG vehicle sales in Europe grew 18%, from almost 3,400 to more than 4,000, thanks to the traction developed by Spain, where SEAT has a market share of more than 83%. Italy is SEAT's first CNG vehicle market, with almost 2,000 cars.