Seat has unveiled the latest generation of its Leon lower medium model, which the Spanish manufacturer hopes will take the fight to the likes of the Ford Focus in the competitive sector.
For the first time, the firm is offering the model with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid powertrains with the firm claiming the model has been developed with real-world driving in mind.
The PHEV – badged eHybrid – consists of a 1.4-litre petrol engine, electric motor, 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six-speed DSG transmission which combine to produce 204hp.
According to Seat, it can be fully charged from 0% in less than 3.5 hours and offers an electric-only range of 38 miles.
The mild hybrid technology (badged eTSI) can be added to the 110hp 1.0-litre and 150hp 1.5-litre petrol units, the firm said. The technology uses a 48V starter-generator and lithium-ion battery enabling the vehicle to coast without pedal input from the driver with the engine switched off (while retaining all key electric functions, such as power steering), harvest energy under deceleration and provide electrical torque assistance during acceleration.
As well as the two petrol engines mentioned above, 130hp and 150hp variants of are offered using the 1.0-litre unit, as well as a 190hp 2.0-litre engine. Diesel options, meanwhile, consist of a sole 2.0-litre powertrain offered in 115hp and 150hp guises.
The Spanish brand claimed the new model is its first fully-connected vehicle, as it offers Full Link, allowing Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connections.
Away from the vehicle, drivers can access their vehicle’s data remotely via an app as well as manage the battery charging and control the electronic air conditioning on the Plug-in Hybrid model, the firm added.
It also includes Car2X connectivity, a cloud-based technology that enables drivers to receive advanced warning on the status of upcoming traffic lights or an incident on a motorway further up the road, or whether traffic lights are about to turn from green to red, with traffic information appearing in real time on screen, the brand said.
“The Seat Leon has been improving generation after generation being able to conquer new customers,” said Seat’s executive vice-president for sales and marketing and Cupra CEO, Wayne Griffiths. “We have now created the best Leon ever. The new Leon has been designed keeping the “created in Barcelona” spirit and at the same time being the safest, most connected and with the widest range of engines the brand has ever seen. We believe we have all the ingredients to make of the new Leon a great choice not only for private customers but also for corporate fleets.”