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New SEAT Toledo gets longer dimensions and rear hatch
With VW's latest direct injection engines and 7-speed DSG

New 2013 SEAT Toledo, front-side picture.

The new Toledo is 4cm longer than its predecessor.

29 June 2012, Gaby Sakr: 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 year (in the UK in the first quarter of 2013).

Instead 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.

At 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 longer 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 2013 SEAT Toledo, rear-side picture.

The new Toledo gets some of the latest VW Group engines.

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 value-for-money family car, including the latest drive and chassis technologies of the Volkswagen Group, such as the TSI petrol (gasoline) engines (direct 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 getting CO2 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.

New 2013 SEAT Toledo, dashboard picture.

A 7-speed dual-shift gearbox DSG will be available.

In 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.

SEAT says that the standard safety equipment of the new SEAT Toledo will include 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.

New 2013 SEAT interior picture, front seats, door, console and fascia.

The longer 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.