SEAT Leon hatchback and estate get new engine options for 2021

Rodolfo Schellin

SEAT has offered potential buyers better option with new petrol and diesel powertrains for its most well-known car, the Leon. 

The SEAT Leon hatch is now obtainable with a 2.-litre TSI petrol motor building 187bhp and the Leon Estate now has the option of a 2.-litre TDI diesel with 113bhp. The additional strong TSI device is obtainable completely with a DSG automated, whereas the TDI can be mated to SEAT’s 6-speed handbook.

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

Elsewhere in the selection, SEAT’s to start with at any time plug-in hybrid Leon prices from £31,835 – starting up in FR trim and growing to £35,060 for top-spec Xcellence Lux. Badged the SEAT Leon eHybrid, it pairs a 1.four-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor with a battery and electrical motor for a whole output of 201bhp and -62mph in 7.five seconds. Much more importantly, official gas financial state of up to 235.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 27g/km have also been claimed. 

At the base conclude of the Leon selection entry-level SE prices commence from £20,405 for the hatchback and £24,530 for the estate. Standard gear for the entry level Leon SE contains sixteen-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and a pair of electrically operated and heated door mirrors. Inside of, there is an eight-inch infotainment program, a leather-based-trimmed steering wheel and a pair of USB ports.

The mid-selection Leon SE Dynamic begins from £21,505. Upgrades above the entry-level model contain a established of much larger 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, privateness glass, a 10.twenty five-inch electronic instrument binnacle and a 10-inch infotainment display with assistance for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Leon FR kicks off at £23,735. There’s a host of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades above the mid-selection model, which include an intense physique kit, a twin-exit exhaust program, a 15mm reduced suspension set up, illuminated tread plates and a established of distinctive LED tail lights with scrolling indicators.

Inside of, the SEAT Leon FR gets a pair of sports seats with contrasting stitching, a leather-based multifunction steering wheel, 3-zone air conditioning, a wireless smartphone charger and a pair of extra USB ports for the rear seats. Consumers can also decide for a panoramic sunroof and both a preset or electrical tow bar on all styles.

Xcellence and Xcellence Lux construct cars construct on the FR styles with much larger 18-inch alloy wheels, a wraparound interior ambient lighting program and a Winter Pack, which adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated windscreen washers. 

New 2020 SEAT Leon: motor and drivetrain

Like the just lately introduced Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, the hottest Leon gets a refreshed motor line-up that functions varying ranges of electrification. From launch, 5 options will be obtainable, with potential buyers supplied 3 petrols, 1 diesel and a moderate-hybrid powertrain.

The selection opens with a 109bhp turbocharged 1.-litre 3-cylinder petrol motor. Earlier mentioned that sits a pair of turbocharged 1.five-litre four-cylinder models, with outputs of both 128bhp or 148bhp.

A 113bhp turbocharged 2.-litre four-cylinder diesel device will be obtainable from launch. A 148bhp version of the similar motor will be built obtainable later on in Leon’s lifestyle-span, alongside a 187bhp turbocharged 2.-litre four-cylinder petrol motor. In the Leon hatchback, the 2.-litre TSI petrol motor is claimed to average 42.2mpg with a -62mph time of 7.four seconds and a 144mph top speed.

The typical transmission is a 6-speed handbook, but the petrol engines can all be ordered with an automated gearbox. Likely auto also opens up the possibility of introducing 48-volt moderate-hybrid technological know-how on the 1.-litre and 148bhp 1.five-litre petrol variants.

For organization potential buyers, the 1.four-litre plug-in hybrid model boasts a reward in sort score of just 10 for each cent. Gas financial state of up to 235.4mpg is claimed, and up to 36 miles of pure electrical running. 

New 2020 SEAT Leon: layout and system

The Mk3 Leon sold additional than a million models for the duration of its reign – and it had a status as 1 of the additional placing hatchbacks in the spouse and children car class. As these types of, SEAT’s layout workforce has not interfered far too significantly with the car’s seems to be the styling change amongst the Mk3 and Mk4 model is evolutionary alternatively than innovative.

The hottest Leon shares a identical aspect profile to its predecessor and functions identical physique traces down its flanks. It even shares the similar system as the prior model – the ubiquitous MQB architecture which underpins most of the bread-and-butter styles in the Volkswagen Team.

Nonetheless, the choice to stick with the prior model’s system does not indicate there are not important discrepancies. The new car is almost 90mm for a longer period than right before, and 50mm of that boost has been inserted into the wheelbase in a bid to boost 1 of the Mk3’s major failings – rear cabin place.

The Leon’s bonnet seems to be for a longer period than the aged model’s, as its windscreen has been built additional upright, while the car’s nose has a prouder profile. The hatchback’s rear incorporates SEAT’s now common comprehensive-width lighting established-up, with higher-conclude variants receiving “welcome” and “farewell” animations, which are shown when the car is locked and unlocked.

New 2020 SEAT Leon: interior layout

Inside of, the dashboard is a lot cleaner and easier than right before, because the infotainment display now sits on the front of the fascia alternatively of becoming accommodated inside of it. The car in our photos has the top-spec 10-inch program, comprehensive with the similar sliding controllers for temperature and infotainment volume that you’ll obtain on the hottest Volkswagen Golf.

SEAT’s engineers have also worked hard to make the Leon’s ambient lighting program additional than a straightforward personalisation gimmick. The shades and hues will even now be consumer-configurable, but the car will now also flash the interior lighting strip if there is one thing which calls for the driver’s urgent awareness, these types of as a blind-place warning or if the car’s rear cross traffic aid program sense oncoming traffic when reversing out of a parking place.

Centered on our time with the Leon in the studio, SEAT seems to be established to provide on 1 of the new car’s key targets – greater cabin place. It’s noticeably simpler than right before to get into the rear seats, while leg- and knee-area are significantly additional generous than in the Mk3 Leon. The boot is in essence unchanged, at 380 litres, but there is now 617 litres on offer if you choose the estate model. That bodystyle carries on into the Mk4, but there is no return for the 3-door Leon SC, which was dropped from the third-technology car’s line-up almost 18 months back.

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