It has been confirmed that prices for the new SEAT Leon will start at £15,670 for the entry-level car. The currently the top of the range Leon FR 2.0 TDI will cost £22,375.
Engines range at the greenest end of the spectrum with the Leon 1.6 TDI 105 PS with Ecomotive Technology returns 74.3 mpg and 99 g/km. Whislt the most powerful version at launch, the 2.0 TDI 184 PS FR, boasts an average consumption figure of 65.7 mpg, with 112 g/km CO2 - and that's despite having more torque than a Porsche Cayman R, helping it to complete the 0-62 mph benchmark in a rapid 7.5 seconds. Engines are available with five- and six-speed manual gearboxes, and the seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic – depending on engine choice.
There will be three trim levels for the Leon at the launch: S, SE and FR.
Standard equipment ‘S’ trim model includes air conditioning, twin halogen headlamps with electric adjustment, an mp3 compatible six-speaker CD player, integrated hands-free phone operation with Bluetooth audio streaming, and a colour touchscreen interface. On the safety front there are seven airbags, anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic stability control with emergency brake assist, active front head restraints, ISOFIX with Top Tether anchorage, and remote central locking.
The SEAT Leon ‘SE’ adds ambient interior spot lighting, a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, chrome dashboard detailing, front fog lights w/cornering, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, SEAT's XDS electronic differential lock system, and hill hold control.
The top of the range Leon ‘FR’gains17-inch alloy wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, twin chrome exhaust pipes, dark tinted windows, front sports seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, LED tail lights, sports suspension and SEAT Drive Profile.
SEAT Drive Profile lets the driver alter the characteristic of the power steering, giving it more or less resistance, as well as the throttle sensitivity, and in DSG-equipped cars it alters the gear shift pattern. In Sport mode, the dials become red from their standard white glow and in models whose engine has 180 PS or more, the engine note becomes more aggressive.
Options include including 18-inch alloy wheels, full leather upholstery, satellite navigation, SEAT Sound System (including a boot-mounted sub-woofer), rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and light sensing headlamps. Plus you can have full LED headlamps, which to date is unique to this segment, LED headlamps should not be mistaken day time running lights – they provide a lower energy alterative to xenon headlights, dipped and full beam.
The order book for the new SEAT Leon will open on the 1st October 2012 with the first deliveries expect for March 2013.
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