The all-new SEAT Leon is here! Unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March, the latest generation comes with an all-new design, new interior technology and is set to offer mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants from launch.
The new hybrid options make the MK4 SEAT Leon the first model from the brand to come with both mild and plug-in powertrain options. In total, SEAT will offer the MK4 Leon with four turbocharged petrol engines (two with the option of 48V mild hybrid technology), two diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid variant.
Possibly the most exciting development is the plug-in hybrid option – the Leon eHybrid – which comes with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a 13kWh battery, offering a total of 201bhp. Available in both hatchback and estate guise, SEAT say that the eHybrid will charge to full in just three hours and will offer an electric-only range of 38 miles.
Alongside the new hybrid engines, SEAT say that they’ve placed particular focus on the interior, ensuring that all of the latest technology has been implemented. Controlling all of this interior tech is a new infotainment system – displayed on a 10” touchscreen on SE Dynamic and higher trim – which offers natural speech recognition, gesture control, real-time information and a redeveloped satellite navigation system.
Ensuring connectivity, the Leon comes with USB-free Apple CarPlay, wireless charging for smartphones and access to the newly released SEAT connect app. Allowing car functionality whilst on the move, the app lets the car’s owner check driving data, lock and unlock the doors, send alerts if the car is stolen and sound the horn.
Styling wise, the new Leon develops on the design that we first saw on the stunning new Tarraco SUV. As part of that redesign, the latest Leon features revised dimensions when compared to past generations, with the driver sitting slightly closer to a more upright windscreen.
At the rear, SEAT has added their new ‘coast-to-coast’ full-width LED taillight. All-in-all, it’s a stunning looking thing, retaining the sportiness of the previous Leon whilst updating the feel of the whole car.
The new SEAT Leon is set to make its first appearance to the public at the Geneva motor show in March, before heading to dealerships later this year. Would you like to know more about the next generation SEAT Leon? Simply click below: