Available to order in September the new SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE is a rugged evolution of the Leon ST with permanent four-wheel drive. Prices have yet to be confirmed with cars arriving into the UK toward the end of 2014.
Sitting 15mm higher than the ST it offers more ground clearance, to give it off-road potential. There are robust protection mouldings on the door sills and wheel arches to protect the car in the purist of country adventures.
In normal conditions the four-wheel-drive system drives the front wheels, should traction be lost power is instantly provided to the wheels that need drive.
The four-wheel system has an EDS dynamic control system (electronic differential locks on both axles), an extended electronic differential lock for better traction while cornering (XDS), an electronic stability programme and a multi-collision brake system.
There will be two TDI engines, both four cylinder 2.0 TDI units with a choice of power outputs, 150 PS / 320 Nm or 184PS / 380 Nm. Start/Stop System and Energy Recover Systems are standard with both engines.
The 2.0 TDI 150 PS uses a six-speed manual transmission, CO2 emissions are 126 g/km and economy is 57.6 mpg on the combined fuel cycle.
The higher output 2.0 TDI 184 PS comes with a DSG transmission as standard, performance figures equate to a 0 - 62 mph time of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 139 mph. CO2 emissions are recorded at 133 g/km and fuel economy 55.4 mpg on the combined cycle.
Options include full-LED headlights, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with City Emergency Brake function, drowsiness detection and lane-keeping assistant.
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