New styling, better equipment and new engines refresh this small, family class, range.
What is it?
The New SEAT Leon launches in 5-Door Hatchback, 5-Door Sports Tourer (ST) and 3-Door Sports Coupé (SC) form in February 2017 in the United Kingdom. It is a small, family class, the range that builds on the strengths of its predecessor – which is the brand's best-seller and a multi-award winner - rather than a totally new concept.
SEAT concluded: “Without a doubt, one of the main reasons for the current Leon’s success has been its striking and high-quality design.” The manufacturer has, therefore, incorporated “subtle” changes that “harmonise” the new range. The front and rear styling, in particular, is now better harmonised with the sides, SEAT stated.
New exterior features include a grille that is 40mm wider. Its purpose is to “increase the perceived” size of the range and is more typical of pricier, larger, cars, the manufacturer suggested. It complements the new: front bumper, rear bumper, brighter LED headlamps, rear lights, indicators, paint colours and alloy wheels.
The Leon has a wide range of new technology. Highlights includes:
- Traffic Jam Assist automatically controls the steering, throttle and brakes in stop/start traffic at up to 37mph;
- Traffic Sign Recognition scans for signs via a camera then confirms which have been passed via images on the dashboard);
- Advanced Parking Assist steers into parking spaces while the motorist controls the throttle, transmission and brakes;
- High beam assist automatically switches-off the main beam when a vehicle approaches to avoid dazzling the driver.
Furthermore, the range incorporates an electric parking brake that operates automatically. It also has key-less entry and start/stop systems. These eliminate the need to (say) struggle to find a key in the bottom of a bag then locate its ignition slot in poor light.
The Leon has a new, 8-inch, touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard that controls countless functions such as ambient lighting. Choose from 8 colours and the intensity. A mobile phone wireless charger sits within the centre console – forwards of the start/stop button – and eliminates the need to charge with a cable.
Engines and transmissions
The New SEAT Leon has a range of engines but performance, fuel efficiency, emission and some displacement data have not been confirmed. Diesel power starts with a 1.6-litre, 115PS, and rises to a 2.0-litre 184PS. Petrol power, in contrast, ranges from 110PS to 180PS including the new 1.0-litre TSI, 3-cylinder, 115PS engine.
Transmission options are 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 7-speed automatic. Automatics have a dual clutch that speeds-up changes and motorists cruise in full-auto or select gears manually. The choice of front or 4-wheel-drive earns plaudits, too.
The New, 2017, SEAT Leon trims are S, SE Dynamic, SE Technology, FR and the new XCELLENCE. The XCELLENCE has a “distinctive upmarket feel” and is for the “most discerning customers”, SEAT suggested.