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.
Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of Seat Design, remarked that the new Seat Toledo is a proof that a five-door, compact notchback saloon could also be dynamic and emotional. He said that the new Toledo is a fusion of an elegantly and modernly interpreted shape and a high level of everyday utility. He noted that the Toledo is the Seat among the saloon cars, featuring high-quality design in every detail.
As styled, the new Toledo unmistakably dons the evolved Seat design identity, which was sported by the IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars and implemented in the new Seat Leon. The new Toledo boasts of a strong and solid stance as well as precise surfaces and lines. This styling is further defined by a number of crucial design elements like its trapezoidal low radiator grille; its trapezoid lower air vents; its broad, angular headlights; and its horizontal rear lights.
To further refine the saloon’s roofline, Seat added an elegant curve that covers up to the broad C-column, which then seamlessly emerges from the rear side. Meanwhile, its swept-back rear screen lends the saloon a well-balanced stance but without sacrificing functionality and versatility.
The new Seat Toledo features a precise contour starting from the outer edge of the headlights, and then flows to shoulder and to the rear lights. Likewise, the new Seat Toledo is provided with well-designed rear doors that allows for easy ingress and egress.