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Seat Adds Spanish Flavour to the New Leon

Sporting new looks and attitude Seat’s New Leon is due to go on sale here in February 2013 with prices starting at under €20,000.

The Leon has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is packed full of high-end technologies – in its driving assistance systems, in infotainment, in its chassis and drive. The engines combine powerful dynamics with outstanding efficiency.

SEAT is offering a range of fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engines ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 litres displacement. Every power unit is among best-in-class for efficiency and emissions. The highlight here is the Leon 1.6 TDI with start/stop system. It has an average fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres and an estimated CO2 figure of just 99 grams.

The 1.6 TDI generates 77 kW (105 hp) and 250 Nm of torque. In the Ecomotive version with start/stop system and recuperation, it consumes just 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 km on the NEDC, equating to 99 grams of CO2 per km. The extensively re-engineered 2.0 TDI consumes an average of just 4.0 litres of fuel per 100 km in the Ecomotive version. With 110 kW (150 hp) and 320 Nm of torque, it is a powerful driving force for the Leon.

SEAT will rapidly expand the engine line-up. Early 2013 will see the arrival of the 1.2 TSI in two versions with 63 kW (86 hp) and 77 kW (105 hp), a 1.4 TSI with 90 kW (122 hp) and, at the top of the petrol range, a 1.8 TSI with 132 kW (180 hp) and a combination of direct and manifold injection. The diesel line-up will be augmented by the 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp) and the new top TDI – the 2.0 TDI with 135 kW (184 hp). It delivers a maximum torque of 380 Newton metres.

Depending on the engine, transmission options range from five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or the renowned six- and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearboxes.

At 4.26 metres long, the new Leon is around five centimetres shorter than its predecessor, yet the wheelbase is up by almost six centimetres. This clever packaging enables short overhangs and enhances the strong visual presence of the wheels, while giving practical benefits such as improved interior space, particularly for rear seat passengers, as well as in the luggage compartment.

Inside  the dashboard is unconventional and elegant, details such as the large air vents, the controls for the air conditioning and the three-dimensional form of the trim elements underscore the Leon’s high standard of quality throughout. The luggage compartment is up 40 litres on the previous model and has a volume of 380 litres.

More information on specification and pricing will be released at a later stage.

16th July, 2012

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  1. John G says:

    I have owned two previous Leon models. The first model and then the second model. I had an Audi in between and I have to say that unfortunately I had few problems with them. I will never but another VAG car. Audi, Seat, Volkswagen and Skoda only give a two year warranty. My first Leon came with a one year warranty. My dad has a Passat and it is very pleasant in the cabin but it has dreadful reliability as has a number of Audis which is well documented in several other magazines and on the internet etc. but the funny thing is that Skoda, the budget brand is the most reliable.
    I have since bought a Honda and am very happy with its reliability and warranty. I am never buying a car from a European manufacturer again which is funny as there are many ‘Japanese’ cars produced in England.

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