Seat unveils 2014 Leon ST at Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on September 12, 2013

Seat has unveiled an estate body style of its Seat Leon small family car – the 2014 Leon ST -- at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This will be the first time the Seat Leon line-up will offer an estate version, with sales set to commence in the United Kingdom in January 2014. The Leon ST is the third model in the new Leon line-up after three-door SC and five-door versions.

Seat eyes to set a price tag for the new Leon ST that is less than £1000 higher than the equivalent five-door. Although the Leon ST shares its wheelbase with the five-door hatchback, it boasts of a rear overhang that is 270mm longer, increasing its boot capacity to 587 liters when rear seats are up and 1,470 liters when down.

These storage figures are slightly inferior to the 605/1620 liters boot capacity of the Volkswagen Golf estate, with which the Leon ST shares its underpinnings. The smaller capacity for the Seat ST is attributable to the fact that the Leon ST has a sleeker profile.

The Leon ST’s boot features a double floor, and the rear seats can be quickly folded down. Overall load length could be expanded to 2,621mm once the front passenger seat is folded down.

Available for the Leon ST lineup is the 1.6 TDI Ecomotive version that provides 108bhp of output and only 85.6mpg of fuel economy while emitting only 88g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. Ecomotive versions of the three-door and five-door hatches -- boasting of the same economy figures -- will be available in January 2014.

The Leon ST is the first Leon to have adaptive suspension with the Dynamic Chassis Control, which will be made available across the range alongside with what Seat calls as 'progressive steering.'

Other engine options are a 1.2 TSI with 85bhp or 104bhp; a 1.4 TSI with 120bhp or 138bhp; and a 178bhp 1.8 TSI for the range-topping petrol FR. Diesel engine options include the 89bhp 1.6 TDI and 148bhp and 181bhp versions of the 2.0 TDI. The Leon powered by the 1.2 TSI engine just weighs 1158kg, making it the lightest car in its class.

The tremendously admired design language of the Leon range has been additionally highlighted for the ST. Beautifully sculpted lines at the edges convey an exhilarating exchange of light and shade. The estate likewise highlights similar sharp lines and exact edges that convey strength and longevity. The new estate also adds a different facet to the Leon family - the dramatic silhouette looks tight and exceptional, yet the SEAT Leon ST provides maximum utility for work and recreation, family and sport.

In the enhancement of the new Leon ST, the company has completely held the dynamic essence of SEAT design. The roofline mimics almost the same line as the five-door, with the difference being just extended a little farther back. While the wheelbase continues as before, an additional 27 centimeters on the body shell enables the vehicle to provide the luggage volume of a fully-fledged estate vehicle.

The side perspective of the new SEAT Leon ST conveys symmetrical yet stunning sizes. This includes a well-balanced partnership between metal (2/3) and glass surface (1/3). This coherent division highlights the strength and accentuates the enhanced position of the magnificent estate vehicle. The slight taper of the side window surfaces towards the rear underlines the feeling of spaciousness which can be additionally improved by the optional panorama glass roof. The standard roof rail highlights the delicate pressure of the roofline.

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