SEAT isn’t precisely a family name to anybody residing in The United States and Canada, or perhaps anybody beyond Europe, for that matter. Which is a pity, due to the fact that the Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen Group produces some great cars.
One such model is the Golf-based Leon compact hatch/wagon, which is a younger, more economical option to its more widely known stablemate. Like the upcoming Mk8 Golf, the Leon is likewise set for a significant overhaul, so with that in mind, we take an illustrative sneak peek at what to get out of the Martorell-based producer’s next compact car offering.
The styling is perhaps sportier compared to its MQB-based Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia brother or sisters. Sheetmetal appearing is more natural than the outbound car, with less hard-edged creases and flat panels. It appears SEAT has actually taken a leaf out of Mazda’s style rulebook by making it look less digital, more handmade.
At the front, it features vibrant LED lighting, full-width lower air consumption, and a ripped hood. The side profile nearly has a coupe-like look together with a deeply scalloped shoulder line and doors. Rear-end styling embraces full-width taillights comparable to that of SEAT’s Tarraco midsize SUV, double exhausts and a rectangular diffuser panel.
It’s expected that the Mk4 Leon will follow the new Golf’s lead in embracing more tech this time around. Anticipate a digital instrument cluster, high-mount infotainment screen and less physical buttons in lieu of touch-capacitive surface areas.
Cabin styling takes motivation from the Formentor idea, with swathes of ripped trim detailing, sewed surface areas and ambient lighting. A bump in cabin dimensions must make residents feel more in the house, with a five-door wagon choice offered to those who need more usefulness.
There will be a myriad of powertrain alternatives consisting of 1.0 and 1.5-liter petrol systems, and a 1.6-liter diesel combined to a 48v moderate hybrid system. Likewise offered will be a range-topping, plug-in hybrid variation. In the Cupra Formentor principle, this system produces 245 hp. It’s anticipated this 1.5-liter TSI-based powertrain will form the basis for the Cupra Leon hot hatch and will provide to 31 miles of pure electrical range.
Power will be fed to the wheels by means of a dual-clutch DSG transmission, and a smart vibrant chassis setup (DCC) for the Cupra version will even more match managing abilities.
Competitors and Reveal
The Leon’s primary competitors consist of the abovementioned Volkswagen Group Golf, Skoda Octavia and -to some degree/ versions, the Audi A3. Other deserving options include of Ford’s Focus, Mazda3, Hyundai I30, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Honda Civic, Peugeot 308, Kia Ceed and Toyota Corolla.
It’s expected the all-new Leon will be exposed this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, whilst sales will start in early 2020.
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