2013 SEAT Leon Details
Spanish car maker SEAT released full details of the new generation Leon ahead of the car’s public debut at the Paris Motor Show.
But the new Leon is only part of their Paris treat. They are also bringin the new Toledo. Alongside the two new production cars, SEAT will also display the exciting Mii FR Line Concept. First shown at the 2012 GTI Treffen event in Worthersee, Austria, the Mii FR Line Concept alludes to how the city car could look were it to become available in FR trim. Finally, the Paris Motor Show represents the official market introduction of SEAT’s new corporate identity, which brings a more modern, streamlined look to the existing ‘S’ logo found on the grille and tailgate of every SEAT model.
A pretty packed show then by the Spaniels! Now let’s go check out the details of the highly anticipated Leon.
New SEAT Leon
SEAT will be responsible for one of the most significant events of the 2012 Paris Motor Show with the world debut of the brand new Leon hatchback.
The Spanish company will unveil the Leon five-door version in Paris, spearheading a new family of models that will eventually comprise five-door hatchback, three-door SC and ST estate. Both FR and SE specifications will be on display at the show.*
The third generation model represents a shift in direction for the Leon, which will give buyers more choice than ever before and ensure that there’s a version to suit every taste and requirement.
The five-door Leon is the embodiment of style-meets-practicality, unifying an aesthetic reminiscent of a coupé with rear space enough for adults; with a 380-litre boot, the new car’s luggage capacity is approximately 40-litres improved over its predecessor’s, and its wheelbase is six centimetres longer, for increased legroom.
The new Leon, whose UK order book opens in February for March deliveries, will come to market with a version boasting a CO2 rating of just 99g/km. That means 74.3mpg and zero annual Vehicle Excise Duty.
That’s the headline Ecomotive model, although the Leon offers excellent parsimony across the range, despite model-for-model power increases – even the 1.8 TSI petrol engine with 180 PS will emit less than 140g/km*, while the 150 PS diesel Leon will dip below the 110g/km mark, and achieve more than 70mpg.*
Thanks to advanced construction techniques and material use, the new Leon is approximately 90 kilograms lighter than its predecessor model-for-model.
And by using a high proportion of soft touch plastics for the interior, as well as cutting edge driver assistance and infotainment systems, the new Leon will sit at the very pinnacle of the family hatchback class when it goes on sale.
Not only is the new Leon the first car in its class to offer full LED headlamps – a recent development in the luxury car sector – it also comes with a ground-breaking driver drowsiness detection function and an automatic lane-keeping assistant.
Sportier FR models will come equipped with SEAT Drive Profile, a system that allows the driver to alter the characteristics of the power steering, throttle and, where a DSG automatic transmission is equipped, the gearing. In Sport mode, the dials turn from white to red, and where the engine has 180 PS or more, its sound is remapped for a more aggressive tone.
Every UK Leon will have a colour touchscreen incorporating the radio controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity and other vehicle functions.
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