2012 Seat Exeo Facelift: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2011

The famous executive class Exeo saloon and ST estate range from SEAT will have a fresh appearance as well as several vital new engineering upgrades. The revamped Exeo look will feature new bi-xenon headlights and striking LED daytime running lights, which come as standard on Sport, but optional on SE. The revised Exeo will be revealed in the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

Boosted by smart new alloy wheel designs, the styling enhancements further emphasize the high value Exeo range’s luxurious appearance. Meanwhile, upgrades to interior materials create a matching premium feel. Interior enhancements include the revised upholstery and the upgraded leather on the steering wheel.

Furthermore, improvements to the high quality SEAT saloon and estate’s 2.0 TDI common rail powerplant reduce the emissions to as low as 129 g/km. In addition, economy is also improved, with the Exeo saloon now capable of as much as 57.6 mpg on the EU’s combined cycle.

The recent Exeo upgrades come very close behind the arrival of a new gearbox option earlier this year, with the addition of an efficient, smooth Multitronic auto/sequential manual gearbox further enhancing the luxurious SEAT’s executive appeal.

The Multitronic ‘box – with its CVT-based technology and stepped ‘changes’ – features full auto mode as well as the option of sequential shifts through the sporty shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel. The Exeo family will undergo further upgrades in 2012 with the addition of SEAT’s Start/Stop technology for the first time on an Ecomotive model, which will help deliver even more fuel efficiency.

SEAT sets a goal for an ambitious carbon dioxide figure of less than 120 g/km for the Start/Stop-equipped Exeo, making it more appealing to the eco-friendly private buyers as well as the UK fleet managers who demand the low emissions levels in their executive models.

The Exeo range is priced as low as £19,285, and is offered with a choice of one powerful turbocharged petrol engine or three economical turbodiesels.The Exeo range, which is today offered with a choice of three frugal turbodiesels or one potent turbocharged petrol engine, is priced from £19,285.

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From the autumn 2011, SEAT Exeo's distinctive design will be further enhanced and the powerful TDI engines become even more efficient. The new upgrade adds even more appeal to the sporty, comfortable SEAT Exeo and the spaciously dynamic SEAT Exeo ST. All diesel versions benefit from a decrease in CO2 emissions of around 7 grams per km - resulting in a CO2 figure of 129 grams per kilometre (Exeo ST, 132 g/km), making the Exeo one of the most efficient, low-emission vehicles in its class. Fuel consumption will also drop below the current combined figure of 5,2 l per 100 km (5,3 l on the ST).

And the introduction of these improvements to SEAT Exeo's efficiency are just the first step, with additional improvements to Exeo's efficiency scheduled to arrive in 2012 thanks to the fitment of SEAT's Start/Stop engine technology.

The addition of this technology - which stops the engine when the car is stationary, such as when waiting at a red traffic light - will significantly reduce consumption and emissions, with a target figure of sub-120g for CO2. SEAT Exeo's dynamic driving performance will not be compromised despite the reduction in consumption and emissions.

This low level of emissions will make SEAT Exeo one of the most efficient cars in its class and will further enhance its competitive appeal, particularly for fleets where emissions are a key purchasing factor.

The many strengths of the SEAT Exeo include its clear design language. With the redesigned front end, both the saloon and the estate are now even more expressive. The new, optional bi-xenon headlamps adopt the "arrow" theme that is so characteristic of SEAT design. The integrated daytime running lights in energy saving LED technology are sculpted into sharply defined, angular "wings", giving the SEAT Exeo a precise and dynamic look.

New headlamps show attention to detail

The sophisticated design of this light unit is clear evidence of the detail with which the SEAT Exeo was designed and developed. Together with the new, honeycomb grille insert, the LED rear lights and the all-new 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel designs, the SEAT Exeo now has an even more athletic and dynamic appearance - by night and by day. The interior is further enhanced with new upholstery. The redesigned leather steering wheel now sports an even more premium look-and-feel - further evidence of the passion that SEAT dedicates to every single detail.

Reduced fuel consumption and emissions across all TDI models

From a technical perspective, the focus was on further efficiency improvements. Systematic refinements to the power units enabled the CO2 emissions of all TDI versions to be reduced by around 7 grams per kilometre. The 88 and 105 kW (120 and 143 hp) saloon models with manual transmission now both come in below the 130 grams per kilometre mark.

SEAT Exeo combines driving fun and quality with low costs

This latest generation makes the SEAT Exeo an even more attractive proposition for business class people who set just as much store by driving fun and a premium feel as they do by efficiency, utility and low costs. The Exeo unites distinctive and elegant design with state-of-the-art technology, outstanding quality and excellent value-for-money.

Exceptional precision and premium feel

Alongside sporty dynamics, the SEAT Exeo is distinguished primarily by its precision and premium feel. The exceptionally stiff bodyshell structure is the fundamental factor in the high-quality feel, the exceptional bodyroll characteristics and precise road manners. The excellent fit and finish both inside and out bear testament to the attention to detail and the high precision with which the SEAT Exeo is built in Martorell near Barcelona. Add to that the premium materials and surface finishes, plus the very latest comfort and information systems

SEAT Exeo ST with significantly enhanced utility

At a length of 4.66 metres, the SEAT Exeo is the prestigious athlete of the mid-size class. It offers space for five passengers and a generously proportioned luggage compartment. The SEAT Exeo ST estate version delivers significantly enhanced utility. With its luggage volume ranging from 442 to 1,354 litres, its wide rear opening and its high level of variability, the Exeo ST is the perfect partner for all the challenges posed by an active, sporty lifestyle or a successful business day.

State-of-the-art technology for dynamics and safety

The application of state-of-the-art technologies underpins the hallmark sporty SEAT driving experience. The engine line-up ranges from 88 to 155 kW (120 to 210 hp). The latest TDI power units with common-rail direct injection ensure excellent pulling power, smooth running characteristics and outstanding efficiency. For particularly comfort-oriented drivers, the multitronic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles presents an alternative to the manual gearbox. This efficient automatic is available as an option for the 2.0 TSI with 147 kW (200 hp) and for the 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp).

The SEAT Exeo is also a very safe vehicle in its class. Alongside the crash-optimized bodyshell structure, its standard equipment list also boasts seven airbags - including driver knee airbag - ESP system with ABS and electronic brake force distribution and automatic tyre pressure monitoring system. The list of hi-tech options is extensive and includes a DVD navigation system, bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic cornering light and a Bose sound system.

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