A choice of four engines
At launch the new Leon will be available with a choice of four engines: two diesel, two petrol. The petrol engines are the 1.6 102 PS and 2.0 FSI 150 PS, and diesel customers will enjoy the choice of 1.9 105 PS TDI and 2.0 140 PS TDI. All engines comply with the tough EU4 emissions regulations. The gearboxes will be a standard 5-speed manual with the 1.6 and 1.9, while both 2.0 litre engines will have 6-speed manual gearboxes as standard, with the choice of an automatic with sequential Tiptronic function with the FSI or the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) with the 2.0 TDI.
The new Leon also benefits from the SEAT-developed Agile Chassis which is currently used on other models in the range, but has been refined further for the Leon. The independent front suspension with MacPherson struts is mounted on a new aluminium sub-chassis, and the rear suspension is fully independent and uses a four-arm multilink axle. Electro-mechanical power steering and ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid discs at the rear complete the picture. ABS, TCS traction control and the latest generation ESP electronic stability programme are the active safety systems that enhance the vehicle’s braking power and steering in critical situations.
Passenger protection comes in the form of six-standard fit airbags (two front, two side and two curtain) and rear side airbags are an option. Three-point seatbelts are fitted to all five seats, with pre-tensioners and force limiters in the front and ISOFIX anchorage points and force limiters on the two outer rear seats.
The new Leon will be built exclusively at the SEAT plant in Martorell, Spain and will be available in a choice of four trim and equipment levels*.Published 22 April 2005