One of SEAT’s bestselling models is back, better than ever before. The new generation SEAT Leon promises greater efficiency, newer technology and sophisticated styling. It will be the first SEAT to be offered with both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options and has been unveiled in both hatchback and estate forms.
Singularly SEAT in Style
The SEAT Leon builds on the lineage of previous models while offering new styling cues and modern detailing. From the side profile, it has the familiar three styling lines that help generate its sporty profile, while the front-end emanates the look of the SEAT Tarraco SUV with a curvy front profile and upright windscreen for a ‘cockpit-like’ feel.
However, it’s the rear where most of the changes have taken place. A brand new full-width LED tail light signature which SEAT terms ‘coast-to-coast’ integrates the central brake light for a sophisticated sportiness. In top-spec models, it is available with scrolling indicators and presents an animated lighting display when you unlock the car.
More Space On Board
The new model is 17mm wider and 3mm lower, but it’s the length where big changes have taken place. The hatchback comes in at 86mm longer, 50mm of this in the wheelbase, while the estate model is 93mm longer with the same wheelbase extension as the hatch. This has improved rear legroom, making it more comfortable for passengers.
The boot of the hatch remains the size as outgoing Leon models, while the estate gains 30-litres taking it to a whopping 617-litres.
The 2020 SEAT Leon comes equipped with advanced technology for more seamless commutes. The new infotainment system features natural speech recognition, gesture control, real-time information via an embedded SIM card and an overhauled sat-nav system. It offers USB-free Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging and a new SEAT Connect app. On the plug-in hybrid models, the SEAT Connect will allow you to process and condition the interior before you set off.
On SE Dynamic trims this is delivered via a ten-inch touchscreen system with climate control functions integrated. Higher spec models also feature a 10.25-inch configurable digital instrument display which ensures vital driving information is displayed right where you need it.
Inside, the new Leon will be available with new interior lighting strips which span the dashboard and both front doors. These change in colour in accordance with some of the cars features such as blind-spot monitoring.
A Safer SEAT Leon
As to be expected, SEAT has upped their game when it comes to the safety of the new Leon. It comes with predictive adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and advanced emergency lane-keeping assist.
SEAT has even made sure the new Leon is ready for the future, making it ready for Car2X connectivity which will enable drivers to receive warnings regarding traffic information from other cars.
Plenty of Power
The new SEAT Leon will come with a host of engine options, including four turbocharged petrol engines, two diesel units and a first for SEAT one petrol-electric plug-in hybrid.
The smallest petrol offering is a one-litre three-cylinder unit with 109bhp. It is available with a six-speed manual or in a mild-hybrid form with a DSG dual-clutch automatic. Up from that is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit available with 129bhp and 148bhp outputs, the bigger of which has a DSG-equipped mild hybrid. While the biggest petrol unit is a two-litre unit which offers 187bhp and is available with a seven-speed DSG clutch.
When it comes to the diesel engines, the two-litre diesel is offered in two outputs;114bhp which comes with a manual transmission and 148bhp which is available with either a manual or automatic gearbox.
However, the big news lies with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol with electric motor, 13kWh battery pack and six-speed DSG. It has a claimed 38-mile electric-only range and can fully charge in just over three hours through an AC Charger.
More details about the new SEAT Leon are sure to be released at the Geneva Motor Show. However, if you can’t wait until then, why not get in touch with your local Stoneacre SEAT showroom and register your interest in the new SEAT Leon to be the first to hear when it arrives.