Seat unveiled today the latest generation of its Leon hatchback, which it claims is an excellent combination of style and practicality. Seat overhauled Leon from the ground up, using a state-of-the-art chassis and packing the hatchback with high-end technologies like advanced infotainment systems and driving aids. The new third generation-Leon is now available with full-LED headlamps, a first in the family hatchback class. The LED headlights effectively complement the vehicle’s dynamic looks, providing exceptional illumination when needed. As good-looking as it is, the Leon boasts of having a more compact exterior yet having a more spacious interior, which is made of premium materials fashioned by a high level of craftsmanship.
The new third-generation Leon will be powered by a range of powerful yet fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engines, with capacities ranging between 1.2 litres to 2.0 litres. All engines are endowed with direct injection and turbo-charging technologies, and they have been developed and engineered for low internal friction and fast warm-up. They also consume up to 22 percent less fuel than their respective predecessors. The 1.6 TDI engine could provide up to 105 PS (104 bhp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.ft) of torque. The 1.6 TDI engine in the Ecomotive version that is installed with start/stop system and brake energy recuperation could travel an average of 74.3 miles on a gallon of fuel and emits just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre cruised. On the other hand, the re-engineered 2.0 TDI power plant could provide up to 150 PS (148 bhp) and 320 Nm (236 lb.ft) of torque, and could travel an average of 70.6 miles per gallon of fuel in the Ecomotive version.
SEAT is planning to expand the engine line-up for the Leon as early as 2013, when the 1.2 TSI petrol engine will arrive in two versions: one that could provide 86 PS (85 bhp) and another with 105 PS (104bhp). Also slated to arrive are a 1.4 TSI with 122 PS (120 bhp) and a 1.8 TSI with 180 PS (178 bhp). The current 2.0 TDI, meanwhile, will be augmented by a 1.6 TDI with 90 PS (89 bhp) and a range-topping 2.0 TDI with 184 PS (181 bhp) and 380 Nm (280 lb.ft) of torque. The choice of transmissions, meanwhile, will depend on the engine, with options ranging from five- and six-speed manual transmissions or the six- and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearboxes.