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The New SEAT Toledo

(Tuesday 26 June 2012)

SEAT Toledo.

SEAT has revealed the first official images of its third-generation Toledo, which will appear on the market early next year.

It's named after two previous Toledos, though it has little connection with either of them. Even the fact that it appears to be a saloon (and therefore almost guaranteed to be unpopular in the UK) is a bit of a trick. In fact it's a hatchback (cue sound of British dealers resuming normal breathing) with a full-sized tailgate.

Full specifications of right-hand drive cars won't be released for a few months, but SEAT is talking about an engine line-up which includes 1.2- and 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engines and two versions of a 1.6-litre turbo diesel.

None of these promise startling performance. The most powerful of the bunch is the 1.4 TSI, whose maximum output is a relatively modest 120bhp, though it's not beyond the bounds of reason that more muscular versions might join the range at some point.

For now, however, the emphasis is more on low running costs. The leader of the pack in that respect will be the Ecomotive diesel, which is being quoted as having CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

According to SEAT boss James Muir, customers will say of the new Toledo that it is "a great car at a great price". That remains to be seen - the price structure is one of the many things that SEAT won't be confirming until nearer the launch date.

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