Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit

Spanish brand's smallest models have gained a customisable virtual instrument display as optional equipment.
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Seat has debuted its new 'Digital Cockpit' on the Arona crossover and Ibiza hatchback this week.

Measuring 10.25 inches, the optional Seat Digital Cockpit "not only has a more modern and versatile design, but provides greater functionality, allowing drivers to view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full-colour maps and navigation".

The TFT display features a 1280x480 resolution, and sports a 75Hz refresh rate for smooth transitions.

Drivers can customise the Digital Cockpit with three main themes – Classic, Digital and Dynamic. Classic involves two classic analogue dials flanking an area for extra data like navigation, media, trip computer and driver-assistance information.

Digital, meanwhile, maximises the additional data display, showing a detailed map which can be zoomed in our out. This mode also shows various 'menu' information like phone, trip computer, assistance systems and vehicle status.

Finally, the Dynamic view "provides an improved clarity to important information" for various vehicle systems like driver assistance aids, turn-by-turn navigation prompts, and vehicle status.

Should an incoming call be received, the display will adapt to include the caller's ID as a 'pop up' on the screen.

Within each of those modes, the Digital Cockpit can be configured to prioritise certain information based on the driver's preferences.

Additionally, the display's light sensors can adapt the theme of the screen to the vehicle's ambient lighting settings.

The new Digital Cockpit option brings the Arona and Ibiza in line with Ateca and Leon in offering digital instruments.