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All-n
ew SEAT Leon gets a rich list of standard equipment
With advanced engines, gearboxes and technology options

All-new 2013 SEAT Leon: driving shot, front-side.

All-new SEAT Leon gets the latest VW MQB platform.

05 Oct. 2012, Elie Aoun: Making its world debut at this year's Paris international motor show (public days from 29 September to 14 October), the new, third-generation SEAT Leon comes loaded with interesting standard as well as optional equipment (such as the SEAT Drive Profile) for its segment and price positions, in addition to a longer wheelbase, larger boot volume, and a varied selection of VW's advanced petrol (gasoline) and diesel engines.

At launch, the new Leon will be available (UK specs) with 1.2 TSI , 1.4 TSI and 1.8 TSI, petrol engines, and 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI turbo-diesel engines. Based on engine choices, the gearbox is either 5- / 6-speed manual or 6- / 7-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

As a matter of fact, the obvious advances in the new Leon generation, including its design,  represent a great deal for the VW-owned Spanish brand.

That may not be too hard to guess when you look at the current financial situation in Spain, amongst several other countries of course. Add to this the fact that the Martorell-based (Barcelona) carmaker sold last year about 350,000 units (+3.5% compared to 2010), of which about 80%  are exported.

All this indicates the urgent need for SEAT to boost its production, as the company employs around 14,000 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.

In this context, the new Leon is a structural part of SEATs current product offensive, after the introduction of its new city car, the Mii (built at the VW factory in Bratislava, Slovakia) as well as an extensively refreshed Ibiza and the launch of the fourth generation Toledo hatchback which is produced in the Czech Republic and based, like the European Skoda Rapid (Skoda is also part of the VW group), on the VW Polo platform.

All-new 2013 SEAT Leon: driving shot, profile.

Longer wheelbase within a shortened overall body length.

In the broader sense, the all-new five-door SEAT Leon the first of an expanding new Leon family looks quite promising and convincing as a compact (lower-medium, C-segment) hatchback, both by the looks and the specs. Besides this 5-door body, other Leon versions are expected to follow next year with a three-door SC shape and an ST estate (break, station wagon), since the platform supports all these applications, in addition of course, to the compact SUV crossovers and compact minivans seen in the Audi and VW brands line-up.

That's why the new Leon brings a successful mixture of Spanish-peppered Latin identity, with a German quality perception. After all, what is more normal than to share some family looks with other Volkswagen models based on the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, such as the new Audi A3 and VW Golf for instance.

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Thanks to this common platform denominator, the new Leon is some 90 kg (198.4 lb) lighter than its predecessor (in equivalent versions comparison), with many advanced driver assistance and infotainment technologies, a full LED headlamps option and the rich choice of advanced engines and transmissions.

 Dimensions

From the currently available information, the wheelbase grows in the new Leon by 6 cm (2.36 in.), from the current 2.58 metres (101.57 in.) to 2.64 m. (103.94 in.), while the overall body length is reduced by about 5 cm (2 in.), to 4.26 m (167.7 in.), bringing it closer the new VW Golf dimensions (the latter had its overall length extended by 5.6cm / 2.2 in.).

Boot capacity has also grown in the new Leon, to 380 litres (13.4 lb-ft, was 340 litres /12 lb-ft in the previous generation). More detailed specifications will be made available nearer to market launch.

 Equipment

In the UK, SEAT recently announced its pricing, standard equipment and options for the all-new five-door Leon. The trim levels will be three at launch: S (base), SE and FR. Prices starts from GB15,670 RRP OTR (recommended retail price, on-the-road), for the Leon S 1.2 TSI, to 22,635 for the Leon FR 2.0 TDI DSG. Deliveries start in March 2013.

The standard equipment list (based on the information provided for the UK market) for the base Leon S versions includes seven airbags, ABS brakes, traction control, electronic stability control (ESP) with emergency brake assist (BA), the Easy Connect system with a full colour five-inch touchscreen interface (or an optional 5.8'') to control the in-car information and entertainment, an MP3 compatible six-speaker CD player, integrated hands-free phone operation with Bluetooth audio streaming, remote central locking, air conditioning, twin halogen headlamps with electric adjustment, active front head restraints and ISOFIX with Top Tether anchorage.

On top of the standard equipment of the S version, Leon SE trim adds ambient interior spot lighting, a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, chrome dashboard detailing, front fog lights with cornering, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, XDS electronic differential lock system and hill hold control.

All-new 2013 SEAT Leon: static shot, rear-side.

Boot volume grows to 380 l. (13.4 lb-ft). Leon FR pictured.

The Leon FR top versions will be available with the most powerful engines of the model line-up, with standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, twin chrome exhaust pipes, dark tinted windows, front sports seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, LED tail lights, sports suspension and SEAT Drive Profile (equivalent of the driver profile selection in the new VW Golf).

 SEAT Drive Profile

With the SEAT Drive Profile option, the driver can select the characteristics of the power steering (more or less resistance), the throttle response and, in DSG-equipped cars (dual-clutch), the gear shift pattern. The combination of these factors modifies the driving feel (more relaxed or sportier). Also, the dials become red in Sport mode (compared to their standard white glow), and in models with 180 PS engines or more, the engine note becomes more aggressive.

The options list includes also 18-inch alloy wheels, full leather upholstery, satellite navigation, SEAT Sound System (including a boot-mounted sub-woofer), rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, light sensing headlamps, driver drowsiness detection function, an automatic lane-keeping assistant and the full LED headlamps.

 Leon 1.2 TSI

The new Leon is launched with 1.2-, 1.4- and 1.8-litre petrol engines and 1.6-litre and 2.0 litre TDI diesel, in different power versions and all with direct fuel injection and turbo charging. The following fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are with the Ecomotive versions with start/stop system and recuperation. They are provisional and subject to final homologation.

The petrol versions start from the Leon 1.2 TSI version. It has an output of 105 PS (77 kW, 104 bhp), with a maximal torque of 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) at 1400 rpm, an average fuel consumption figure (6-speed manual gearbox) of 57.6 UK mpg (equivalent to 4.9 litres/100 km, 20.4 km/litre, 48 US mpg), CO2 emissions of 114 g/km, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph (191 km/h).

All-new 2013 SEAT Leon: dashboard, console and seats.

Standard 7 airbags, ABS,  5'' touchscreen interface...

With the DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox, the Leon 1.2 TSI gets a combined fuel consumption figure of 58.9 UK mpg (4.8 litres/100 km, 20.85 km/litre, 49 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 112 g/km, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 10 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph (191 km/h).

Another Leon 1.2 TSI version will be available with 86 PS (63 kW, 85 bhp).

 Leon 1.4 TSI

The Leon 1.4 TSI has an output of 140 PS (103 kW, 138 bhp), with a maximal torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1500 rpm, an average fuel consumption (6-speed manual gearbox) of 54.3 UK mpg (5.2 litres/100 km, 19.2 km/litre, 45.2 US mpg), CO2 emissions of 119 g/km, 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 131 mph (211 km/h).

Another Leon 1.4 TSI version will be available with 122 PS (90 kW, 120 bhp).

 Leon 1.8 TSI

The Leon 1.8 TSI has an output of 180 PS (132 kW, 178 bhp), with a maximal torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1500 rpm, an average fuel consumption (6-speed manual gearbox) of 47.1 UK mpg with the 6-speed manual gearbox (6 litres/100 km, 16.7 km/litre, 39.2 US mpg), CO2 emissions of 139 g/km, 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).

With the 7-speed DSG, the average fuel consumption is 49.6 UK mpg (5.7 litres/100 km, 17.56 km/litre, 41.3 US mpg), with CO2 emissions of 132 g/km, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 139 mph (223 km/h).

 Leon 1.6 TDI

The turbo-charged diesel engine options offer, at launch, both the most powerful and the most economical versions.

The most frugal engine comes in the Leon 1.6 TDI 105 PS (77 kW, 104 bhp). Maximum torque is 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1500 rpm.

Average fuel consumption (with the 5-speed manual gearbox) is 74.3 UK mpg (3.8 litres/100 km, 26.3 km/litre, 61.87 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time is 10.7 seconds, with a maximum speed of 119 mph (191 km/h).

All-new 2013 SEAT Leon: steering wheel, instruments cluster and gearshift lever.

Leon FR: flat-bottomed leather steering wheel.

With the seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox, the average fuel consumption is 72.4 UK mpg (3.9 litres/100 km, 25.6 km/litre, 60.3 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 102 g/km. 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time is 10.7 seconds, with a maximum speed of 118 mph (190 km/h).

Another Leon 1.6 TDI version will be available with 90 PS (66 kW, 89 bhp).

 Leon 2.0 TDI

On the power end of the spectrum comes the 2.0 TDI 184 PS FR (135 kW, 181 bhp), with a maximal torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) at 1750 rpm and an average consumption of 65.7 UK mpg (4.3 litres/100 km, 23.26 km/litre, 54.71 US mpg), CO2 emissions of 112 g/km, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph (229 km/h).

Another 2.0 TDI turbo diesel version generates 150 PS (110 kW, 148 bhp), with a maximal torque of 320 Nm (237 lb-ft) at 1750 rpm and a combined consumption (6-speed manual gearbox) of 68.9 UK mpg (4.1 litres/100 km, 24.4 km/litre, 57.4 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 106 g/km, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph (216 km/h).

With the 7-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox, the SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI turbo diesel gets a combined consumption of 64.2 UK mpg (4.4 litres/100 km, 22.7 km/litre, 53.46 US mpg) with CO2 emissions of 117 g/km, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 131 mph (211 km/h).

The front suspension has a MacPherson front axle with sub-frame, while the rear gets a torsion beam suspension for engines up to 110 kW (150 hp) and a multi-link geometry for the more powerful versions.

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