Seat introduces the 2011 Leon FR+

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 5, 2011

Seat is presenting a great value proposition this September for new car buyers seeking a range of stylish and dynamic vehicles. The Spanish carmaker is offering amazing deals for its products as well as special finance incentives for the ‘61’ plate change while at the same time it is rolling out the new Leon FR+ to showrooms.

The new Leon FR+ is designed to cater to customers seeking an equipment-loaded and performance-laden vehicle. This latest offering with a couple of revisions should expand the appeal of the FR trim level that accounted for a fourth of Leon sales last year. For this year, the new Leon FR welcomes the addition of two new versions – one powered by a 1.4 TSI engine (manual only) that provides 125 PS and the other backed by a 2.0 TDI CR unit (manual and DSG) that develops 140 PS.

With the addition of lower-powered turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, it means that the FR range should be able to cater to more customers, who were limited in their options by factors like engine power, cost or insurance. The exterior of the new Leon FR comes with front and rear bumpers, automatic headlights, stylish LED rear-light clusters, twin chrome exhaust pipe, rain-sensing wipers, trademark silver-painted door mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Fitted with rear parking sensors, the new Leon FR features FR sports seats and steering wheel. Dubbed as the ‘ultimate’ version of the Leon, the new FR+ is available in two versions: one fitted with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine that generates 211 PS, and a diesel version equipped with a 2.0 TDI CR unit that develops 170 PS. It does not only upgrade the Leon FR in terms of performance, but also in terms of equipment.

For instance, the FR+ builds on the FR trim and adds 18-inch ‘Ibera’ alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System and front parking sensors. It also adds Bluetooth phone connection and the SEAT Media System 2.2 that includes satellite-navigation, a five-inch color touchscreen and dynamic route guidance, as well as DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and SD card slot. These extra features, when specified separately, totals £2,465 RRP. However, when availed as part of Leon FR+, these features add only £1,070 RRP. For September, the Seat Leon FR features a starting price of £18,205 RRP (Leon FR 1.4 TSI 125 PS).

The range is topped by the lavishly equipped Leon FR+ 2.0 TDI CR DSG-auto 170 PS, which has a tag of £22,615 RRP. On the other hand, while Seat has pulled the Leon Cupra out from the range, it has also upgraded the 265PS, 155mph Cupra R trim by infusing additional features at no extra charge. As standard, the latest Leon Cupra R comes with SEAT Media System 2.2, Bi-xenon headlights with AFS and LED rear-light clusters, and Bluetooth connectivity – representing an added value of £1,665 RRP.

Instead of seeing its pricing raised for the latest version, the Leon Cupra R had its price dropped by £10 to £25,995 RRP. Steve Robertson, SEAT UK’s Head of Marketing, welcomed these additions to Seat’s products, noting that since the Leon FR has been considered an important mainstay of the lineup, it just makes sense to maximize its appeal. He quipped that the launch of the new cars will make the Leon FR range more accessible and attractive to customers.

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Bargain-hungry new car buyers should look no further than dynamic Spanish maker SEAT as they search for the best deals this September.

Aside from its raft of great-value offers and special finance incentives for the ‘61’ plate change, SEAT is upgrading the appeal of its best-selling Leon with the showroom arrival now of a new FR+ derivative, as well as the extension of the FR badge to a broader engine range.

The changes mean the trademark sporty styling and sizzling performance of the Leon FR are now available to a wider range of buyers while equipment- and performance-hungry drivers now have the added option of the new, ‘ultimate’, Leon FR+.

Designed to extend still further the appeal of the FR trim level that, last year, was responsible for a whopping one in four Leon sales, the revisions see new engines added to the FR line-up.

The exciting FR hot hatch is now available as a 1.4 TSI 125 PS (manual only) or 2.0 TDI CR 140 PS (manual and DSG). The availability of lower-powered – but no less engaging – turbocharged petrol or diesel engines makes the FR range even more accessible to customers whose choices may be restricted by engine power, cost or insurance considerations.

Bristling with sports styling and packed with equipment, the Leon boasts FR front and rear bumpers, twin chrome exhaust pipe, trademark silver-painted door mirrors, stylish LED rear-light clusters, FR sports seats and steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Meanwhile, the new Leon FR+ is a significant step up from the ‘standard’ FR trim in terms of both performance and equipment. It’s available to order now with SEAT’s powerful 2.0 TSI 211 PS and 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS engines.

The Leon FR+ takes the FR trim and adds arch-filling 18-inch ‘Ibera’ alloy wheels; the SEAT Media System 2.2, which includes satellite-navigation with five-inch colour touchscreen and dynamic route guidance, DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and SD card slot; Bluetooth phone connection; Bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) and front parking sensors.

And the best news, perhaps, is that although the retail cost of this extra equipment when specified separately is £2,465 RRP, the price of the new Leon FR+ is up by just £1,070 RRP.

So, just in time for the September sales surge, SEAT’s Leon FR line-up now starts at only £18,205 RRP for the Leon FR 1.4 TSI 125 PS, rising to £22,615 RRP for the lavishly equipped Leon FR+ 2.0 TDI CR DSG-auto 170 PS.

Finally, while the Leon Cupra has been withdrawn from the range SEAT has significantly improved the Cupra R trim by adding plenty of extra kit to this fire-breathing, 155 mph ‘halo’ model for no extra cost.

Already loaded with luxury features, the latest Leon Cupra R now offers, as standard, SEAT Media System 2.2, Bluetooth connectivity, Bi-xenon headlights with AFS and LED rear-light clusters.

This extra equipment is worth £1,665 RRP but despite its inclusion there has been no increase in the 265 PS Cupra R’s price. In fact, the price of SEAT’s most potent production car to date has actually been cut – by £10 – to £25,995 RRP!

Welcoming the sporty new additions to the SEAT range Steve Robertson, SEAT UK’s Head of Marketing, said: ‘The Leon FR has been an important mainstay of the SEAT line-up for some time, so it clearly makes sense to maximise its appeal.

‘I think the showroom debut of these great new cars, which coincides perfectly with the important September plate change and makes the Leon FR range both more accessible and more attractive, should keep our dealers very busy!’

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