The new five-door SEAT Leon will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next week; the three-door SC and ST estate will follow on shortly. SEAT will be showing the FR and SE specifications models, with a yet to be confirmed UK spec, to be finalised.
The order book for the SEAT Leon five-door will open in February 2013 for deliveries a month later in the March with prices starting at around £12,500.
There will be a number of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines in the line-up including an Ecomotive version which promises a CO2 rating of 99 g/km and 74.3 mpg on the combined cycle. Even the more powerful 180 PS 1.8 TSI petrol engine will emit less than 140 g/km, whilst the 150 PS diesel Leon will dip below the 110 g/km mark and achieve more than 70 mpg.
Those of you looking for something more entertaining might want to consider the FR models which will be equipped with SEAT’s Drive Profile, a system that allows the driver to alter the characteristics of the power steering, throttle and, where a DSG automatic transmission is equipped, the gearing. In Sport mode, the dials turn from white to red, and where the engine has 180 PS or more, its sound is remapped for a more aggressive tone.
SEAT is promising better roomer interiors with the better use of soft touch plastics, as well as cutting edge driver assistance and infotainment systems.
Standard across the range is a colour touchscreen incorporating the radio controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity and other vehicle functions. And according to SEAT, the Leon will be first car in its class to offer full LED headlamps – which have only recently made their way into the luxury car sector - it also comes with a ground-breaking driver drowsiness detection function and an automatic lane-keeping assistant.
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