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AUTO NEWS – SEAT Leon hatchback and property get new engine choices for 2021

SEAT Leon hatchback and property get new engine choices for 2021


SEAT has given consumers better selection with new petrol and diesel powertrains for its hottest automotive, the Leon. 

The SEAT Leon hatch is now out there with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine growing 187bhp and the Leon Property now has the choice of a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 113bhp. The extra highly effective TSI unit is on the market completely with a DSG computerized, whereas the TDI may be mated to SEAT’s six-speed handbook.

Pricing for the brand new petrol possibility begins at £28,810 in hatchback FR guise and the TDI Property begins from £24,515 in SE trim. 

Elsewhere within the vary, SEAT’s first ever plug-in hybrid Leon prices from £31,835 – beginning in FR trim and rising to £35,060 for top-spec Xcellence Lux. Badged the SEAT Leon eHybrid, it pairs a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a battery and electrical motor for a complete output of 201bhp and 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds. Extra importantly, official gasoline financial system of as much as 235.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 27g/km have additionally been claimed. 

On the backside finish of the Leon vary entry-level SE costs begin from £20,405 for the hatchback and £24,530 for the property. Commonplace tools for the entry degree Leon SE contains 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and a pair of electrically operated and heated door mirrors. Inside, there’s an eight-inch infotainment system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a pair of USB ports.

The mid-range Leon SE Dynamic begins from £21,505. Upgrades over the entry-level mannequin embody a set of bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, entrance and rear parking sensors, privateness glass, a ten.25-inch digital instrument binnacle and a 10-inch infotainment display with assist for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Leon FR kicks off at £23,735. There’s a bunch of beauty and mechanical upgrades over the mid-range mannequin, together with an aggressive physique package, a twin-exit exhaust system, a 15mm decrease suspension setup, illuminated tread plates and a set of distinctive LED tail lights with scrolling indicators.

Inside, the SEAT Leon FR will get a pair of sports activities seats with contrasting stitching, a leather-based multifunction steering wheel, three-zone air-con, a wi-fi smartphone charger and a pair of additional USB ports for the rear seats. Consumers may also go for a panoramic sunroof and both a set or electrical tow bar on all fashions.

Xcellence and Xcellence Lux construct automobiles construct on the FR fashions with bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, a wraparound inside ambient lighting system and a Winter Pack, which provides heated entrance seats, a heated steering wheel and heated windscreen washers. 

New 2020 SEAT Leon: engine and drivetrain

Just like the lately launched Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, the newest Leon will get a refreshed engine line-up that options various ranges of electrification. From launch, 5 choices can be out there, with consumers supplied three petrols, one diesel and a mild-hybrid powertrain.

The vary opens with a 109bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Above that sits a pair of turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder items, with outputs of both 128bhp or 148bhp.

A 113bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel unit can be out there from launch. A 148bhp model of the identical engine can be made out there later in Leon’s life-span, alongside a 187bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Within the Leon hatchback, the two.0-litre TSI petrol engine is claimed to common 42.2mpg with a 0-62mph time of seven.4 seconds and a 144mph prime pace.

The usual transmission is a six-speed handbook, however the petrol engines can all be ordered with an computerized gearbox. Going auto additionally opens up the opportunity of including 48-volt mild-hybrid know-how on the 1.0-litre and 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol variants.

For enterprise consumers, the 1.4-litre plug-in hybrid mannequin boasts a profit in variety ranking of simply 10 per cent. Gas financial system of as much as 235.4mpg is claimed, and as much as 36 miles of pure electrical operating. 

New 2020 SEAT Leon: design and platform

The Mk3 Leon offered greater than one million items throughout its reign – and it had a repute as one of many extra hanging hatchbacks within the household automotive class. As such, SEAT’s design group hasn’t interfered an excessive amount of with the automotive’s appears; the styling shift between the Mk3 and Mk4 mannequin is evolutionary relatively than revolutionary.

The most recent Leon shares an analogous facet profile to its predecessor and options comparable physique traces down its flanks. It even shares the identical platform because the earlier mannequin – the ever present MQB structure which underpins a lot of the bread-and-butter fashions within the Volkswagen Group.

Nonetheless, the choice to stay with the earlier mannequin’s platform doesn’t imply there aren’t important variations. The brand new automotive is nearly 90mm longer than earlier than, and 50mm of that enhance has been inserted into the wheelbase in a bid to enhance one of many Mk3’s greatest failings – rear cabin house.

The Leon’s bonnet appears longer than the previous mannequin’s, as its windscreen has been made extra upright, whereas the automotive’s nostril has a prouder profile. The hatchback’s rear incorporates SEAT’s now acquainted full-width lighting set-up, with higher-end variants receiving “welcome” and “farewell” animations, that are displayed when the automotive is locked and unlocked.

New 2020 SEAT Leon: inside design

Inside, the dashboard is loads cleaner and easier than earlier than, as a result of the infotainment display now sits on the entrance of the fascia as a substitute of being accommodated inside it. The automotive in our pictures has the top-spec 10-inch system, full with the identical sliding controllers for temperature and infotainment quantity that you simply’ll discover on the newest Volkswagen Golf.

SEAT’s engineers have additionally labored onerous to make the Leon’s ambient lighting system greater than a easy personalisation gimmick. The shades and hues will nonetheless be user-configurable, however the automotive will now additionally flash the inside lighting strip if there’s one thing which requires the driving force’s pressing consideration, comparable to a blind-spot warning or if the automotive’s rear cross visitors help system sense oncoming visitors when reversing out of a parking house.

Based mostly on our time with the Leon within the studio, SEAT appears set to ship on one of many new automotive’s key targets – higher cabin house. It’s noticeably simpler than earlier than to get into the rear seats, whereas leg- and knee-room are much more beneficiant than within the Mk3 Leon. The boot is mainly unchanged, at 380 litres, however there’s now 617 litres on provide in the event you select the property mannequin. That bodystyle continues into the Mk4, however there’s no return for the three-door Leon SC, which was dropped from the third-generation automotive’s line-up virtually 18 months in the past.

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