A new compact saloon from Seat dubbed the Toledo will arrive at showrooms in early 2013, with a price tag of around £13,500. It is likely to debut this September at the Paris motor show. The production version is virtually unchanged from the concept, which was seen last March at the Geneva motor show. It is the Skoda Rapid’s sister car.
Seat president James Muir described the Toledo as “a great car at a great price.” In addition, it is the first model from Seat to be produced with design elements similar to those used on the recent IBE, IBL and IBX concepts, such as the crisp new front end. Just like the Rapid, the Toledo appears to be a saloon in profile but then it’s really a five-door hatchback.
It measures 4480mm in length and has an extended 2602mm wheelbase to make the most of cabin space, for the sake of rear passengers. For the UK market, customers can choose from one diesel and two petrol engines.
The diesel engine offered here is the familiar 104bhp 1.6 TDI coupled to a manual gearbox. This model can emit 104g/km of CO2. A 1.2 TSI petrol is available with either 84bhp or 104bhp, with each getting a manual gearbox. The top-of-the-line variant is a 120bhp 1.4 TSI, which is offered with just a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.