Seat opens order books for Leon Ecomotive, priced at £19,360 in the UK

Article by Anita Panait, on November 4, 2013

SEAT has opened the order books for the SEAT Leon Ecomotive, its most-fuel efficient Leon ever. The SEAT Leon Ecomotive, which boasts of emitting just 87 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, was officially launched at Frankfurt Motor Show in September alongside the new Leon ST estate. It could be availed in three body styles -- SC, five-door and ST -- and has a starting price of £19,360 RRP OTR for a three-door Leon SC Ecomotive.

All versions have combined fuel consumption of 85.6 mpg. The model’s 87 g/km CO2 number places it into VED Band A, which means no annual taxes. The improvement in CO2 emission number was thanks to 90-kg weight reduction and a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency.

Power is provided by a 110PS 1.6-liter TDI diesel engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission which ratios are set for optimum efficiency.

The gearbox is basically what separates the Leon Ecomotive and the standard 104PS Leon 1.6 TDI that is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and emits a very 99 g/km of CO2.

The Leon Ecomotive is also fitted with low rolling resistance tyres as well as rear and side spoilers. It suspension is also lowered by 15 mm. This allows the Leon Ecomotive to travel 11.3 miles more using a gallon of fuel than the standard Leon 1.6 TDI.

“We benchmarked the car against the most popular models in the segment to make sure we’re right at the cutting edge on real-world fuel economy, but also on value, performance and quality. And with the Ecomotive available in all three Leon body styles, its appeal extends to a huge customer base – not least the fleet market, where practicality and running costs are paramount.” said Steve Mirfin, SEAT UK’s Leon Product Manager. [source: Seat]

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