Spanish car maker Seat revealed the new Leon hatchback at an event in Barcelona last night (January 28).
Based on the same MQB underpinnings as the Volkswagen Golf, the newcomer gets styling cues from the Tarraco SUV. That means you get sharper headlights and a new, more angular grille. At the back, meanwhile, there’s a full-width light bar.
Inside, the updated car comes with a sharp new dashboard dominated by the ‘floating’ touchscreen. There’s a chrome flash across the whole cabin, and a high-tech digital instrument cluster in front of the driver. Eagle-eyed readers will also note the wraparound ambient light, which is linked to the blind spot detection system to alert the driver to unseen traffic.
And because the new Leon is longer than its predecessor, Seat says there’s also more room. Rear passengers get an extra 5cm of legroom, but boot space is unchanged at 380 litres. Unless, of course, you go for the Estate, which boasts 617 litres of storage – 30 more than its predecessor.
Seat is also selling the new Leon with a range of powertrains, including petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The entry-level unit is a mild-hybrid 1.0-litre petrol engine with 109bhp, but Seat will also sell 128bhp and 148bhp versions of the 1.5-litre petrol motor – the latter also offering mild-hybrid power. Topping the range, though, is the 188bhp 2.0-litre petrol.
On the diesel front, customers will get a choice of two 2.0-litre units. The cheaper of the two is a 109bhp engine, while the 148bhp version is the pricier option. Both meet the latest emission standards.
Finally, the Leon will also get a plug-in hybrid that combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. Thanks to a 13kWh battery, it will do 38 miles on a single charge, and the combined output of the two motors stands at 201bhp.
Customers will also get a choice of five trim levels, ranging from the basic SE to the Xcellence Lux. Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, keyless start and an eight-inch touchscreen.