SEAT HAS REVEALED its brand new, third generation Leon hatchback.
The new Leon has abandonned the controversial mpv-esque bodyshape and styling of the previous car and reverted back to a more traditional family hatchback shape, like the first generation car.
Despite being 50mm shorter than the previous car, the wheelbase has grown by 60mm, giving the car shorter overhangs and a more dynamic ‘wheel in each corner’ stance. The new Leon also features prominent SEAT badges and LED lights.
SEAT has paid a lot of attention to the design of the interior of the new Leon, using high quality materials and focusing on a much more driver oriented cockpit. Head of SEAT Design, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, said, “The quality of the material, the fit and finish and the attention to details is at least as good as you can find in the segment above. The design of the dashboard respects our new interior philosophy, with a strong driver orientation. This enhances the ergonomics while giving the design an attractive, sporty feeling.”
The equipment list includes a 5.8 inch touchscreen, drowsiness detection, ‘Heading Control’ lane-keeping assistant and Full-Beam Assist which automatically switches between full and dipped beam headlights where appropriate.
The Leon will initially be available with 104bhp 1.6 litre TDI and 148bhp 2.0 litre TDI diesel engines but will be joined in 2013 by; 85bhp and 104bhp 1.2 litre TSI, 120bhp 1.4 litre TSI, and 178bhp 1.8 litre TSI petrol engines and 89bhp 1.6 litre TDI and 181bhp 2.0 litre TDI diesel engines. The 1.6 litre TDI will also be available in Ecomotive guise and will return an average 74.3mpg and produce just 99g/km CO2.
The new Leon will be available as a five-door only from launch but will be joined by “a fully-fledged family” of models. The Leon will be unveiled at the September Paris Motorshow and will go on sale later in the year.