The new CUPRA Leon is the first Leon to carry the CUPRA badge and by far the most impressive to come off the production line. Destined to set standards in many ways, the design and high performance powertrains work to set it apart from the competition. It made its world debut on the 20th February in Martorell and showcased the five-door, estate and racing versions: the CUPRA Leon Competición and the CUPRA e-Racer.
The five-door and estate come with standard equipment including the full LED front and rear lamps, rear coast-to-coast lighting, bucket seats, sports suspension, keyless entry and ambient lighting. The new CUPRA offers an exceptional driving experience that combines elegance and sportiness in its exterior and interior design. It has a wealth of technology and boasts a highly connected user experience and some of the most advanced driver assistance systems.
The 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine is available in 245PS, 300PS and 310PS (exclusively available for the estate) power outputs to deliver real on-the-road performance. An electrified 245PS plug-in hybrid variant is also available meaning performance doesn’t have to come at an environmental cost.
Available as both a hatchback and an estate, the CUPRA Leon high-performance eHybrid has a 150PS (110kW), 250Nm 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, a 115PS (85kW) electric motor, and 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. These provide 245PS (180kW) of peak power and 400Nm of torque. The eHybrid model has an electric-only range (WLTP) of up to 37 miles to silently travel through streets or through city centres. In just 3.5 hours the battery can be charged using a 3.6kW AC wall box (or six hours from 230V domestic socket).
The new CUPRA Leon is also available in a selection of turbocharged, direct-injection petrol units. Customers can choose either the 245PS (180kW) and 370Nm or the 300PS (221kW) and 400Nm variant. The most powerful engine in the line-up is the 310PS (228kW)/400Nm 2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine, found exclusively in estate. The new CUPRA Leon can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than five seconds (4.8 seconds) and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).
Available in five metallic paint colours, two special finishes and two exclusive matte paint options there's sure to be a colour to suit everyone. It comes exclusively with CUPRA-specific 19-inch alloy wheels – available in black/copper or black/silver finishes – that house the copper-coloured Brembo brakes. The 245PS variant CUPRA Leon features 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.
“The CUPRA Leon’s design is the result of the combination between athletic physiognomy and striking elegance; both are necessary and complimentary in a car like this.” said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT/CUPRA. “Smooth flowing lines and well-trained muscles reflect perfectly the way it drives on the road: pure fun, just impossible to resist.”
The vehicle has sporty bucket seats, a CUPRA steering wheel which houses the engine start and driver mode selection button and a large central 10-inch infotainment touchscreen. The interior gives a great amount of space for all passengers, in the estate version, luggage space is increased by 30 litres.
The CUPRA engineers and designers have used advanced lighting systems to provide dynamic styling. The full LED technology used in the headlights improves vision, making even the darkest road visible to the driver.
The new CUPRA has advanced lighting systems that provide dynamic styling. The LED technology improves vision and makes late night driving much easier and roads visible to the driver. There are integrated LED indicators on the side mirrors and puddle lamps that project the CUPRA logo on the floor when you unlock your vehicle.
The Digital Cockpit is joined by a standard 10-inch infotainment system that incorporates retina display and offers 3D online navigation, as well as integrating voice and gesture control. SEAT’s Full Link system makes it compatible with both Apple CarPlay (wirelessly) and Android Auto. Voice recognition in the CUPRA Leon allows users to interact with the infotainment system. With the introduction of the SEAT Connect app there is a new level of connectivity available to customers.