Seat brings connectivity and 5 powertrains to all-new Seat Leon
We’ve come a long way from Henry Ford’s “You can have it in any colour, as long as it is black.” The all-new Seat Leon that was unveiled today in Martorell, offers drivers a choice of five powertrains, two bodystyles and four trim levels. On top of these choices, the new Seat Leon is Seat’s first fully connected car.
From the outside, the new Leon can still be recognised as a successor of the old model. Don't let looks deceive you, though - each body panel has been redesigned. Like the VW Golf and the Skoda Octavia, it is based on the MQB platform. Out of these three, it is designed to be the sportiest and most emotional one.
This new generation has become substantially larger than the outgoing model, growing 17mm in width and 86cm in length, most of which has gone into improving rear legroom.
The new Seat Leon can be powered by diesel (TDI), petrol (TSI), CNG (TGI), a mild-hybrid (eTSI) or a plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) unit.
The new Leon’s offer of standard petrol engines are all direct-injection, turbocharged units and provide power outputs between 66kW/90PS and 140kW/190PS in a 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre engine.
Seat still believes in diesel, offering three diesel options, all 2.0-litre TDI units that all meet the latest emissions standards. With a manual transmission, it can have an output of 85kW/115PS, while their is a 110kW/150PS diesel engine that can be had with a manual or an automatic transmission. The Sportstourer is also available with a 110kW/150PS unit mated to a DSG gearbox and 4Drive system..
The all-new SEAT Leon has the option of a CNG 1.5 litre TGI unit that produces 96kW/130PS of power. It has three CNG tanks, giving it a range of 440km.
The mild hybrid Leon mates 48V-technology to the combustion engine, which adds to the vehicle’s efficiency. The plug-in hybrid is the option to go for if you’re serious about going electric. It mates a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an electric motor, 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six-speed DSG transmission, the setup produces 150kW/204PS of power. In electric mode, it gives a range of 60km.
Seat is proud to announce the Leon is the brand’s first fully connected car. At its heart is the Digital Cockpit which brings together a high-resolution 10.25” user definable instrument cluster and infotainment system.
Seat’s voice recognition system enables users to interact with the infotainment system using natural commands, making corrections and referencing previous commands. This should make finding navigation information or searching for music quicker, easier and safer.
With Full Link, drivers can use their smartphone on the car’s infotainment screen using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Online Connectivity Unit adds an embedded SIM, making sure the Leon never looses its connection to the digital world. It also allows infotainment functions to use real time information from the cloud, adding an additional dimension to the traditional navigation system.