Seat has unveiled the latest generation of its best-selling Leon, with the new model being available with a host of electrified powertrains.
Both the five-door hatchback and more spacious estate version have been revealed, with each offering more cabin space than before thanks to an increased length, though a slight reduction in width.
It’s the first Seat to feature mild-hybrid ‘eTSI’ technology, which is available on the 1.5-litre petrol engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid that offers a 38-mile electric range from its 13kWh battery. More conventional petrol and diesel engines are also on offer, with all four powertrains available from launch.
Seat says this is its most connected model ever thanks to the introduction of ‘Car2X’ technology, which enables the Leon to communicate with the road infrastructure and other connected cars to alert the driver to any accidents and traffic jams, for example. Remote access is also available through ‘Seat Connect’, while the new Leon also comes with wireless smartphone mirroring, too.
It features a similar digitalised interior as the latest Golf, feature a large touchscreen, digital dials and a clutter-free approach to design, with few actual buttons to press or use.
Seat hasn’t changed the design dramatically, though the Leon continues to be offered with full LED headlights, while at the rear a full-length rear LED light bar features.
The same line-up of trim levels are available as before – with SE, SE Dynamic, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux. Cupra versions are expected in the near future, too.
Standard kit including keyless start, an eight-inch touchscreen and 16-inch alloy wheels, with SE Dynamic gaining the popular 10-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch digital cockpit.
Prices have yet to be announced, though expect a price increase over the current Leon hatchback’s £18,850 starting price and £19,845 for the estate.