Seat has presented a dashing three-door variant of the new Seat Leon -- the second model of three models to be added to the expanded lineup. The Leon SC (Sports Coupé) is based on the five-door model but it’s lower, wider, and shorter. However, it retains its 380-liter boot capacity. It also doesn’t compromise much when it comes to space for rear passengers.
After the Leon SC is presented next month at the Geneva motor show, it’s likely to arrive at showrooms this July. This year, the Leon range will be completed with the launch of a new ST estate model, before the introduction of hot Cupra versions of all three bodystyles in 2014. When compared to the standard five-door model, the Leon SC is totally fresh from the A-pillars up to the back. Seat decreased the wheelbase by 35mm to 2600mm.
Meanwhile, the roofline was lowered and is more sharply raked so that the car gets a sporty profile, which took inspiration from the Seat IBE concept car that came out in 2010. The lightest version of the Leon SC has a weight of only 1168kg.
The suspension set-up is borrowed from the five-door model. This means that MacPherson struts are set up in front and there’s a torsion beam at the rear for vehicles with less than 150bhp or a multi-link set-up for models with over 150bhp.
Meanwhile, the engines for the Leon SC are carried over from the five-door model. The 178bhp 1.8 TSI will therefore be the top-of-the-range petrol model initially while a 181bhp 2.0 TDI with CO2 emissions of only 112g/km is the most potent diesel. In the UK, three trim levels will be available. These are the S, SE and FR. The highlights of the top-of-the-line FR are lowered suspension, bespoke bumpers, and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.