The styling of the new Seat Leon three-door variant is “definitively coupé,” according to company heads. This car, which will be introduced in 2013, will have a front end that’s lower and wider than that of the five-door, lending a more aggressive, sporty stance. This three-door will be “very close” to the IBE concept seen at the 2010 Geneva show.
It will get a shorter wheelbase and a sweeping roofline, differentiating it from the five-door version. Meanwhile, the estate feature sporty, dramatic looks without compromising functionality. Seat sought to develop a premium-looking model. It used the BMW 3-series Touring mentioned as a reference point.
It’s expected that the three-door version will bear the SC (Sport Coupé) name while the estate version will get the ST (Sport Tourer) suffix applied to the equivalent models in the Ibiza range.
But this has yet to be confirmed. When it comes to upcoming Leon variants, a convertible is not probable. A compact MPV is also unlikely because of the Altea. However, Seat considers a crossover SUV inspired by the IBX concept to be something that would be good fit in its plan.
Just one quick look at the new SEAT Leon and the fine figure is more than enough to know that this is indeed a highly emotional vehicle. Inspired by three concept vehicles, particularly the IBE, IBL, and the IBX, the new Leon is expected to bring a more exhilarating drive. The appeal and athletic visuals mean that no matter where you look at it, it is truly stunning.
Take the sides for instance. Its well-known features, the interrupted “Línea Dinámica,” go all the way to the rear and above the wheel arches. The look appears to be straining while experiencing tension, much like a well-trained muscle. Leon signatures are still present in this new version like the C-pillar and its trapezoidal shape. There is also the short third window which extends to the rear.
This new model is also clearly well-proportioned with the passenger cell’s visual weight being moved just a little bit above the wheels in the rear. In addition, the transition starting from the front wing and all the way to the passenger cell is truly smooth. All of the surfaces of the new SEAT Leon though comes with a bold sculptural appearance which strengthens the sense of light and shade while helping bring about that 3D effect.
This new model also reveals a rather careful development when it comes to the design identity of the brand. The way that the tight surfaces and clear lines have been implement showcase precision and vitality. In fact, the highest of standards can be observed even on the smallest of details. Further, the quality that was used on the development and the design of this new model is based on standards only a few automakers are able to meet.
Many of the SEAT’s core principles are in the Leon which offer a precision build quality and a minimalist and clear design. These can also be seen in the new logo. In fact, the new Leon is the first model from SEAT to have its latest logo. The logos are placed on the front and the rear section, the wheels, and even the steering wheel.