SEAT’s all-new Leon SC three-door coupé has finally made its debut at the ongoing 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The SEAT Leon SC represent the second phase of the launch of the carmaker’s new model family, which will include a five-door hatchback, a three-door SC, and ST estate by the end of 2013. The Leon SC three-door marks a new ground for SEAT, since the model has never been available as a three-door.
SEAT sees the Leon SC as instrumental in increasing its sales since it will widen the carmaker’s market coverage in what is considered as the most popular segment in Europe. Redesigned from the A-pillars back, the Leon SC is more than just a three-door version of the five-door Leon hatchback. Leon SC bears the look of a true coupe, thanks to its raked rear screen, a lower roofline, broad rear shoulders and a new profile for the rear three-quarter windows.
The Leon SC remains as practical as the five five-door Leon hatchback; as it features the same 380-liter boot capacity as well as outstanding front- and rear-headroom.
SEAT President James Muir defined the Leon SC as a vehicle “designed to be the most beautiful car in its segment,” saying that the variant will “bring a new generation of customers to SEAT.” SEAT will produce the new Leon SC in Martorell, Spain, where it is also building the Leon five-door version.
The version will be underpinned by Volkswagen Group’s ground-breaking MQB platform. The Leon SC has a wheelbase that is 35mm shorter than the Leon hatchback.
Thanks to the use of advanced materials in production, the Leon SC is the lightest vehicle in its class, being 110 kg lighter than the second-generation Leon and 20 kg lighter than the five-door new Leon. Its lighter built allows it to offer improved handling and efficiency.
The Leon SC could be fitted with one of the available engine that produces outputs that range from 105 PS to 184 PS. However, from launch the Leon SC will feature the same engine and trim range as the five-door version, including the 1.6 TDI 105 PS engine that returns 99 g/km carbon dioxide. Later this 2013, a 2.0 TDI 184 PS FR engine will be made available for the Leon SC.