2013 Seat Toledo makes its official debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 26, 2012

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.

Press Release

2013 Seat Toledo

The SEAT Toledo is back! The new saloon car from the Spanish SEAT brand combines design and utility, dynamism and efficiency, quality and value-for-money as never before. With generous space, great flexibility and an excellent price-performance ratio, the new Toledo appeals to customers seeking a practical, high-quality and affordable saloon car for the whole family - and who are not prepared to do without superior design and dynamic driving pleasure.

With its unique features, the new SEAT Toledo continues the formula for success of its predecessors. SEAT produced over 860,000 units of the first two Toledo series alone - a success that was always based on the combination of attractive design and practical features. The all-new generation of the SEAT Toledo will continue this success when it is delivered to the first customers, starting in mid-November in Spain and Portugal, then in the rest of Europe in 2013.

"The new Toledo is a genuine SEAT, an automobile with a clear character and high quality standards, and offering exceptional value for money," stated James Muir, President of SEAT S.A. "The Toledo will write new chapters in its success story, because in a unique way, it combines great design with high utility, and dynamic driving pleasure with excellent efficiency. This is our idea of a perfect saloon car. Our customers will say: That's an attractive car at an attractive price!"

Perfect utility, the latest technology

The new Toledo is a grown-up automobile: With a length of 4.48 metres, it has a large and wide hatchback tailgate. It opens up to reveal a luggage compartment offering 550 litres of space in the basic version, which can be expanded to an amazing 1,490 litres with the optional folding rear seats. So the SEAT Toledo has the same capacity as many estate cars. The comparatively long wheelbase of 2,602 millimetres (80 millimetres longer than of the Toledo II) makes for a spacious interior and good legroom for all passengers; the generously sized doors guarantee easy access and exit.

As a completely new model, the SEAT Toledo features the latest engines and transmissions from the Volkswagen Group. The top models feature highly efficient TSI petrol engines and common-rail TDI diesel engines, and the most powerful petrol engine is combined with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DSG). The petrol engines deliver between 55 kW (75 hp) and 90 kW (122 hp); the Ecomotive version stands out with CO2 emissions of 116 grams per kilometre. And with the TDI diesel engine, which delivers 77 kW (105 hp) from 1.6 litres, the E-Ecomotive version sets the benchmark with fuel consumption of 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 104 grams per kilometre. In 2013, SEAT will add to the range of Toledo diesel models with a TDI version delivering 66 kW (90 hp).

"The new Toledo is a genuine SEAT - perfect for the demands of daily life, with the highest quality and reliability," stated Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Executive Committee of SEAT S.A. for Research and Development. "The latest drivetrain and suspension technologies of the Volkswagen Group ensure great driving pleasure as well as outstanding efficiency and safety. Particularly in terms of fuel consumption and emissions, the Toledo is among the best in its class."

The design

"The new Toledo proves that a five-door, compact notchback saloon can be emotional and dynamic. The new Toledo combines an elegant shape interpreted in a modern way, with a high level of everyday utility. It is the SEAT among the saloon cars, with high-quality design in every detail," explains Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design.

The new SEAT Toledo fits harmoniously into the further developed SEAT design identity, as expressed by the widely acclaimed IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars and consistently applied in the new Leon. The Toledo presents a strong and solid stature with clear and precisely defined surfaces, lines and edges. The broad, angular headlights are a significant element of the brand's new design DNA. Together with the trapezoid-shaped, low radiator grill, the trapezoid lower air vents and the horizontal rear lights, they effectively emphasise the car's width.

Elegant and harmonious

The designers added an element of refinement to the roofline: It describes an elegant curve as far as the broad C-column, which smoothly emerges from the rear side. The swept-back rear screen gives the new SEAT Toledo a harmonious, balanced stance - without reducing the car's versatility and functionality.

A precise contour leads from the outer edge of the headlights over the shoulder and to the rear lights, meeting the clean lines of the sills below. The rear doors provide another example of the well-conceived design: With their generous dimensions, they guarantee easy access and exit.

Modern, purist interior

The interior of the new SEAT Toledo is bright and spacious, reflecting the modern and purist design philosophy of the exterior. The cockpit is tidy and ergonomically laid out. Especially with the optional beige interior, the dark upper surfaces of the cockpit seem to hover above the rectangular air vents and trim. The clearly designed round instruments are easy to read; the control elements for audio and air-conditioning in the central console can be operated intuitively.

The interior design is perfectly supplemented with high-quality workmanship and carefully selected materials and colours. The precision applied is tangible in many details: in the attractively shaped three-spoke steering wheel for example, in the new operation of the air conditioning, or in the elegant chrome trim. The tactile precision of the switches and controls also demonstrates the utmost attention to detail.

The technology

As a completely new model series, the SEAT Toledo offers the state-of-the-art technologies available for its category. That begins with the highly rigid body shell, which provides a feeling of solid quality and offers optimal passive safety in combination with the standard restraint systems. But thanks to SEAT's intelligent lightweight design concept, the basic weight of the new Toledo is just 1,140 kilograms.

The efficiency of the new SEAT Toledo is outstanding. In terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, all of the engine and performance versions of the Toledo range are among the best in their class. These exemplary values demonstrate the convincing overall package of low vehicle weight, optimal aerodynamics and ultramodern drivetrains.

Ultramodern engine programme

The engine programme of the new SEAT Toledo is based on three ultramodern four-cylinder TSI engines delivering between 63 kW (85 hp) and 90 kW (122 hp), as well as a turbo-diesel engine with at first 1.6 litres displacement and 77 kW (105 hp). The entry-level model has a three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine with multipoint fuel injection and maximum power output of 55 kW (75 hp).

With displacement of 1,197 cubic centimetres, the TSI engine demonstrates the logic of the downsizing philosophy, according to which smaller gasoline engines with direct fuel injection and turbocharging enjoy the advantage of high efficiency. The engine's low weight of 89.5 kilograms, its low internal friction and optimised thermo management for shorter warm-up times of engine and catalyst are additional benefits of the TSI engines.

The Toledo 1.2 TSI Ecomotive is especially efficient: This turbo engine with 77 kW (105 hp) returns standard fuel consumption of just 5.0 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 116 grams per kilometre thanks to its start-stop system, brake-energy recuperation and a gear-change indicator in the dashboard. And with its 55-litre fuel tank, the car can travel 1,000 kilometres or more without filling up, depending on driving styles.

Exemplary efficiency and dynamics

This exemplary efficiency has no negative impact on the sporty dynamics of the SEAT Toledo 1.2 TSI: With maximum torque of 175 newton metres between 1,550 and 4,100 rpm, the engine provides great pulling power. A top speed of 195 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds are respectable performance figures for this class. Of course, the Toledo 1.2 TSI with 90 kW (122 hp) and standard DSG dual-clutch transmission is even more dynamic: This model has a top speed of 206 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds.

TDI is another efficiency highlight

The 1.6 TDI Ecomotive is an additional efficiency highlight in the new SEAT Toledo range. This model shines with standard fuel consumption of just 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres and corresponding CO2 emissions of only 104 grams per kilometre. These excellent figures are also partially due to the car's standard start-stop system and braking-energy recuperation. Another impressive feature of the 1.6 TDI with common-rail fuel injection is its maximum torque of 250 newton metres between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm - making sufficient power available in every situation. In 2013, SEAT will also launch a model with another common-rail diesel engine delivering 66 kW (90 hp), also guaranteeing extremely favourable CO2 emissions.

The new Toledo's gearboxes are just as advanced as the engines. The TDI engines and the 1.2-litre 55 kW (75 hp) MPI and 1.2-litre 63 kW (85 hp) TSI are combined with perfectly matched five-speed manual transmission; while the model with the 77 kW (105 hp) petrol engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. The SEAT Toledo 1.4 TSI with a top speed of 206 km/h is exclusively supplied with the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. The DSG transmission combines the sportiness and efficiency of a manual gearbox with the convenience of a conventional automatic. The imperceptible interruption of tractive power with gear changes in just a few hundredths of a second is particularly impressive and enjoyable.

The suspension of the new SEAT Toledo features sophisticated design and careful tuning, giving the saloon car sporty and safe handling. Front suspension is by means of MacPherson struts, lower wishbones and stabilisers, while a compact torsion-beam axle is used at the rear. ESP, the electronic stabilisation programme, is fitted as standard equipment. The electrohydraulic power steering is sporty and direct, and provides less servo assistance as the car's speed increases. It ensures precise steering, responsiveness and excellent straight-line stability.

Equipment levels

SEAT offers the new Toledo in three equipment versions - so that the model can be perfectly tailored to individual customer wishes. Standard equipment for all three versions includes front and side airbags for driver and front passenger, head and thorax airbags, seatbelt reminders, ABS, ESP with ASR, central locking, folding rear seat and electric front windows. The 15-inch steel wheel rims are fitted with tyres sized 185/60 R 15.

The SEAT Toledo Reference also comes with height adjustment for the driver's seat, remote central locking, split-folding rear seat, trip computer and an illuminated glove compartment. With the 77 kW/105 hp and 90kW/122hp engines, the Reference version is fitted with tyres sized 195/55 R 15. Exterior mirrors and door handles are painted to match the car body. Among the options list for the Reference are electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, roof antenna and radio preparation including four loudspeakers.

SEAT Toledo Style meets the highest demands

The Style version is targeted at comfort-oriented customers, and emphasises its status as the top model with 16-inch light-alloy wheels and tyres sized 215/45 R 16. The package includes optional front fog lights with active static cornering lights up to a speed of 40 km/h. They are switched on automatically whenever the indicator is operated or when the steering wheel is moved substantially - a definite safety advantage when turning off at junctions or when entering a main road. When reverse gear is selected, both lights illuminate simultaneously.

The all-inclusive package of the SEAT Toledo Style also includes electric rear windows, a radio/CD player operated with switches on the steering wheel, height adjustment for the front passenger seat, leather steering wheel and gearstick lever, and central armrests front and rear. Cruise control is available as an option.

Option packages for easy customising

The SEAT Toledo can be further customised with a number of special option packages, making life in the car even more pleasant. The Winter package appeals to inhabitants of colder areas with heated front seats, a headlamp cleaning system and heated windshield washer nozzles. The Storage package includes practical tie-rings and boot-floor rails for more variable use of the luggage space and to install nets or partitions.

The many options that can also be ordered individually for the SEAT Toledo include air conditioning (for the Toledo Style) of the fully automatic Climatronic, a rear-screen wiper, interior monitoring, a removable tow bar, rear parking sensors, drive-off assistance for hills linked with ESP ("hill holder"). The SEAT Sound System 2.1 provides exceptionally good sound and excellent functionality.

The top multimedia system in the SEAT Toledo Style is the optional SEAT Media System 2.2, featuring 4 x 20 watts of amplification, six loudspeakers and a CD player with MP3 and WMA facilities. The communication centre is rounded off with a Bluetooth function, voice control, DAB/DAB+ reception (digital audio broadcasting) and DMB programmes (digital multimedia broadcasting), an AUX-in connection for using an external multimedia source, such as an MP3 player, and a 5-inch touchscreen monitor. The satellite navigation system with an SD card slot for storing current map material operates with dynamic routing, so it seeks the best route with consideration of any traffic jams. The high-definition display has a split function; in addition to the roadmap, other information can be viewed simultaneously.

SEAT offers the Toledo in three standard and seven metallic colours (two soft, seven metallic and one custom colour). With the Toledo Style, the interior can be ordered in a sophisticated beige, instead of the standard grey.

The heritage

The Toledo has been one of SEAT's most successful model series since the year 1991. That's when the first generation of this medium-sized saloon car debuted at the Barcelona Motor Show. After SEAT was integrated into the Volkswagen Group, the Toledo was the first model to apply the new technology of the Volkswagen Group. In 1992, SEAT was one of the main sponsors of the Barcelona Olympic Games - and the Toledo stand was again in the spotlight as the official car of the Games.

The first Toledo, designed by Italdesign Giugiaro in Turin, established the model series' now almost legendary reputation as a particularly spacious and cost-conscious automobile. Although it is by no means a very large car with a length of 4.32 metres, it was regarded as being unusually spacious. The enormous rear hatch of the notchback salon also proved to be extremely practical.

When the ten-millionth SEAT was driven off the assembly line by his Royal Highness Prince Felipe de Borbon in Martorell on 26 September 1995, this honour was allotted to a Toledo. In the same year, the first Toledo TDI with a turbo diesel engine and direct fuel injection appeared.

Toledo II as of 1998

At the Paris Motor Show in October 1998, SEAT unveiled the second generation of the Toledo. Once again, SEAT decided in favour of notchback styling for the Toledo, but this time with a conventional boot lid. With a volume of 500 litres, the second SEAT Toledo also offered enormous luggage space.

Once again, the design was greatly influenced by Giorgetto Giugiaro. However, it also displayed some of the brand's family features created by SEAT Design, with the SEAT logo mounted on a dark radiator grill and horizontal air vents on both sides. Overall, the Toledo II had more flowing lines and made a softer impression than its predecessor with its angular shape and horizontal elements.

Toledo III

When SEAT discontinued production of the Toledo II in 2004, more than 860,000 cars of the two generations had been built. Between 2004 and 2009, the Toledo III was produced, based on the SEAT Altea - with a high roofline and a rounded rear end. This 4.46-meter long model offering 500 to 1,400 litres of loading space continued the SEAT Toledo's good reputation as an extremely spacious vehicle.

With what is now the fourth edition of a model series that has been successful for more than two decades, SEAT is continuing the great tradition of the Toledo - with a model that combines the spaciousness of the first generation with the attractive design of the second: enhanced with highly efficient engines, lightweight construction, dynamic handling and the outstanding manufacturing quality of the current SEAT products.

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