The Leon has been a cornerstone of the Seat range since 1999, accumulating more than 2.2 million sales globally across three generations of the model. Now, there’s an all-new Leon due here in May. Seat says that it is the latest vehicle in this lineage, adding connectivity, electrified powertrains and automated safety systems.
The Leon remains a core model for the brand in the Irish market. Since the first Leon was sold in Ireland in 2000, over 13,300 Leon’s have been sold in Ireland from the first three generations.
The hatch and Estate sector of the market is increasingly competitive, with new entrants and a move towards larger vehicles. However, Seat boasts that the all-new Leon, with a strong design evolution, greater practicality, connectivity and efficient, electrified powertrains, meets the challenge.
It adds that in an ever more connected world, the next-generation Leon gives occupants greater opportunity to take their digital lives with them. The all-new SEAT Leon is the brand’s first fully-connected vehicle. In the car, ‘Full Link’ offers seamless ‘Android Auto’ and wireless ‘Apple CarPlay’ connections. Away from the vehicle, users can access their vehicle’s data remotely via ‘Seat Connect’ as well as manage the battery charging and control the electronic air conditioning in the plug-in hybrid models only.
The VW Group owned Spanish carmaker says that the all-new Leon also features Car2X connectivity – a cloud-based technology that enables drivers to receive advanced warning on the status of upcoming traffic lights or an incident on a motorway further up the road, or whether traffic lights are about to turn from green to red, with traffic information appearing in real time on screen.
It adds that a suite of new powertrain technologies; petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), mild-hybrid (eTSI), and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) means that consumers can choose the vehicle that most closely matches their lifestyle and needs, while at the same time providing the efficiency and performance.
Seat claims that safety is at the heart of the new Leon. The MQB (Modular Quer Baukasten) Evo architecture provides an inherently strong and stiff safety cell and allows the integration of some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available, including ‘Predictive Adaptive Cruise Contro’ and ‘Emergency Assist 3.0’, to make it the safest car that Seat has made to date.
The all-new Leon mixes the design philosophy that is core to every vehicle that Seat builds, bringing confidence, elegance and sportiness to the compact segment, while adding a coherence, serenity and maturity seen in few other vehicles.
Seat’s press people say that with an exterior design that exudes confidence, elegance and sportiness , the all-new Leon benefits from an evolutionary approach that enhances the volume and proportions of the vehicle, but that remains coherent to its predecessor.
The basis for the vehicle’s overall volume is the advanced MQB Evo platform, which provided the flexibility the design team required, as the all-new Leon’s increased wheelbase, which translates to a claimed 49mm extra legroom for rear occupants (now 1,799mm), and length for both the five-door and the Estate improved the vehicle’s sense of proportion. It also gets more headroom for passengers despite a lower roofline than the outgoing model.
Six trim levels – the ‘SE’, ‘SE Dynamic’, ‘FR’, ‘FR Sport’, ‘Xcellence’, and ‘Xcellence Lux’, should be available to choose from when it goes on sale here. It entered production this month (January) so more details on prices and the Irish specifications closer to the irish launch in May.
Niall Phillips, Brand Director at Seat Ireland told the AutoTrade Journal: “The Leon is a firm favourite amongst Irish customers and we are confident that they will love the fourth-generation Leon even more. This model will bring a new level of technology, design and safety to this segment and we are excited to see the all-new Leon on Irish roads from May onwards. The Leon is hugely important to the brand, not only because it represents Seat’s core DNA and values, but it will open up the brand to an even wider audience with the introduction of the mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.”