new Toledo is 4cm longer
than its predecessor.
SEAT, the Spanish car brand of the German VW Group is
preparing the launch of the fourth-generation Toledo
compact family car, due from mid-November in
Spain and Portugal, before the rest of Europe next
the UK in the first quarter of 2013).
of the previous conventional boot lid known with the
model, the new Toledo comes with a rear hatch opening to the large
boot capacity of 500 litres (half a cubic metre, 17.65
cu-ft), one of the
model's known characteristics of the model.
4.48 metres, the new Toledo is four centimetres longer
than its predecessor (2004-2009). However, the most
important growth benefit comes for the cabin, thanks to the 80 millimetres
wheelbase (2,602 millimetres). In turn, this reflects
a combined 4cm reduction of the front and rear
overhangs, promising a more agile handling as the
wheels get closer to the corners of the body.
new Toledo gets some of the latest VW
Hence, the Toledo, which SEAT says is most
popular in Germany,
Mexico and Turkey, after its home market in Spain of
course, comes now as a five-door notchback saloon with
more space, flexibility and fuel efficiency as a
car, including the latest drive and chassis
technologies of the Volkswagen Group, such as the TSI petrol (gasoline) engines
injection with turbo charging) in 1.2- and
1.4-litre displacements, the (turbo diesel) 1.6 common-rail TDI
unit and the 7-speed dual-shift gearbox DSG which will be available with the most powerful petrol variants.
The petrol engines generate between 55 kW (75
hp, 74 bhp) and
90 kW (122 hp, 121 bhp) with the petrol Ecomotive version
emissions of 116 g/km. The Ecomotive
version of the 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine – which produces 77
kW (105 hp, 103 bhp) – achieves 104 g CO2/km.
SEAT will expand the Toledo diesel line-up
next year with
a 66 kW (90 hp, 89 bhp) TDI variant.
7-speed dual-shift gearbox DSG will be available.
design terms, the new Toledo evolves from the SEAT IBE, IBX
and IBL studies, with a mission to recapture the
appeal which was lost by the previous generation, with
a new emotional and sporty language built on clear surfaces, lines and
edges, broad, angular headlamps (the brand’s current design
DNA), a trapezoidal, slender grille, a lower air
intake and horizontal rear light clusters.
The roofline arc runs to a broad C-pillar, which rises smoothly from the
rear side, while the low lying rear windscreen is
meant to give a certain coupé look, without
compromising versatility or functionality.
says that the
standard safety equipment of the new SEAT Toledo will
driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags and
head/thorax airbags. The base model also comes with
central locking, a two piece folding rear backrest and
power windows in the front. Of course, the higher
"Reference" and "Style" versions
will offer additional equipment, in addition to the
options which can be ordered specifically
with each version.
wheelbase (2,602mm) enhances interior space.
The Martorell-based (Barcelona)
carmaker which exports about 80% of
its vehicles (SEAT delivered about
350,000 units in 2011, +3.5% compared to 2010) to 75 countries, has a Technical
Centre (for the group) with more than 900 engineers.
SEAT employs around 14,000 professionals
at its three production centres in Barcelona – Zona
Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it
builds the Ibiza, Leon, Altea, Exeo as well as the Audi
Q3 compact SUV.
The new SEAT Toledo is based, like
the European Skoda Rapid (Skoda is also part of the VW
group), on the VW Polo platform, it will be produced
in the Czech Republic, just like the SEAT
Alhambra MPV is supplied by the Volkswagen Group production
facility at Palmela in Portugal, while the VW factory in Bratislava (Slovakia)
manufactures the SEAT Mii.