The new third generation SEAT Leon is set to be unveiled at the Paris motor show in September with a launch date in the UK towards the end of the year. Based on the same platform as the new Audi A3, the five-door model will be launched first followed by a three-door version and an estate in 2013. At 4.26 meters long, the new Leon is around five centimetres shorter than its predecessor, yet the wheelbase is up by almost six centimetres with a larger capacity boot.
The new SEAT Leon engine line-up will range from 1.2 to 2.0 litres covering both petrol and diesel units. Depending on the engine, transmission options range from five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or six- and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearboxes. There will be an Ecomotive version that will see Co2 levels below 100 g/km with an official fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg on the combined cycle.
Equipments levels and options will include Full Beam Assistant, which switches automatically between full and dipped beam, and the ‘Heading Control’ lane-keeping assistant, which makes slight corrections to the electro-mechanical power steering to prevent the driver from crossing over lane markings. You can even specify Full-LED lights to match the LED daytime running lights, a first on a compact car.
We will have full specifications and UK prices nearer the launch later in the year.Published 17 July 2012