The three-door version of the new Seat Leon has made its first public appearance this week in Geneva.
Compared to its five-door sibling, the Leon SC's wheelbase is 35mm shorter measuring 2600mm. It comes with a significantly more sharply raked roofline while overall the car is 4.23 meters long.
This design takes cues from Seat's previous concepts such as the IBE, IBL and IBX. Seat says it's the lightest vehicle in its class and is 110 kg (242 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, as well as 20 kg (44 lbs) lighter than the hatchback.
It has the same 380-liter cargo capacity as the regular model and a new profile for the rear three-quarter windows. The rear shoulders are broader in the SC model while over the wheel arches there are sharper blisters. The Spanish marque mentions the model has been redesigned entirely from the A-pillars back.
Scheduled to arrive in dealerships this July, the 2013 Seat Leon SC will have the same engine lineup as the five-door model with outputs varying from 105 HP (77 kW) to 184 HP (135 kW). Based on the VW Group's MQB platform, the new Leon SC will be manufactured at the firm's Martorell factory in Barcelona.