16.7.2012 SEAT unveils third-generation Leon
Today SEAT unveiled the new Leon model – completely redesigned from the ground up, the popular Leon model is now in its third generation. It will be on sale in the UK early next year, from around £15,500.
With plenty of high-tech equipment and sophisticated driving aids, SEAT is able to offer both performance and efficiency, with a sub 100 gCO2/km version being available from launch.
The new Leon will be powered by a series of powerful and fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engines, ranging from 1.2- to 2.0 litres. All engines feature direct injection and turbocharging, and have been engineered for low internal friction and fast warm-up to improve efficiency. Compared with their respective predecessors, their fuel consumption is down by up to 22%.
The 1.6 TDI generates 104 bhp and 184 lb.ft of torque. In the Ecomotive version with start-stop system and brake energy recuperation, it returns an astonishing 74.3 mpg on average, equating to just 99 g/km CO2. The extensively re-engineered 2.0 TDI returns a hugely impressive 70.6 mpg in the Ecomotive version, yet develops 148 bhp and 236 lb.ft of torque.
The 1.6 TDI with start-stop is the most efficient of the range, but every power unit offered is among best-in-class for efficiency and emissions.
Dr. Rabe, Vice-President of Research and Development for SEAT said: "Built on the Volkswagen Group's MQB shared architecture which benefits from systematic lightweight design, the new Leon offers an impressive performance, with low C02 emissions and fuel consumption. In summary, the new Leon provides emotional driving fun, excellent efficiency, a stunning design and a high degree of utility."
The exterior design has been hugely refreshed compared to previous versions, and although the car is actually slightly shorter overall, the interior space has been maximised to increase practicality. The boot space for example has increased by 40 litres compared to its predecessor, with a total volume of 380 litres.
The new Leon is packed with driver assistance systems for additional safety. The drowsiness detection feature recognizes when the driver is losing concentration and suggests taking a break. Additionally, an advanced camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror manages both the Full Beam Assistant, which switches automatically between full and dipped beam, and the 'Heading Control' lane-keeping assistant, which makes slight corrections to the electro-mechanical power steering to prevent the driver from crossing over lane markings.
Another all-new element of the Leon is the logo on its grille, rear and steering wheel – the Leon will be the first car to wear the company's newly refreshed badge. With sub 100 g/km of CO2 emissions, the new Leon comes with financial incentives such as congestion charge and VED road tax exemption, keeping motoring costs to a minimum.
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