SEAT Reveals New Leon
(Monday 16 July 2012)
SEAT has today released the first official pictures of the third-generation Leon, a not-before-time replacement for the Spanish company's current family hatchback.
Slightly shorter than the present Leon (but with 40 litres more luggage space), and around 90kg lighter, the new model will be available later this year with an initial choice of 104bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0 diesel engines. The former powers the Ecomotive model whose 99g/km of CO2 emissions render it exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the London congestion charge.
Early in 2013, the engine line-up will expand considerably with the introduction of four petrol engines (two 1.2s producing 85bhp and 104bhp, a 120bhp 1.4 and a 178bhp 1.8) along with two more diesels (an 89bhp 1.6 and a 181bhp 2.0). Manual and twin-clutch DSG semi-automatic gearboxes will both be offered.
UK specifications have still to be confirmed, but according to trim level there will be various versions of the Easy Connect system which combines entertainment, communication and in some cases navigation functions. Full-LED headlights are another feature, and so, a little more trivially, is the first appearance of a new SEAT logo which will eventually be used on all models.