Meet SEAT's most powerful Leon ever.
The rumors were true. Not only is the facelifted Leon Cupra getting an extra 10 horsepower for a total of 300 hp (224 kW), but the ST wagon version will be available with a grippy all-wheel drive arrangement and a dual-clutch gearbox. There’s actually more good news as SEAT’s engineers have dialed the 2.0 TSI to a meaty 380 Newton-meters (280 pound-feet) of torque, which represents a considerable increase of 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) compared to the pre-facelift version. The driver will have access to all that torque in a wide engine speed range of 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm.
Unsurprisingly, the styling changes are on a rather very subtle level and are in line with the mild cosmetic revision the lesser Leon models have received. Images of the interior cabin are not available at this point, but we already know it’s getting the same new eight-inch infotainment system and support for wireless charging in the central console.
On the safety side, the 2017 SEAT Leon Cupra facelift will be available with a wide variety of systems, such as Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Protection, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Not only that, but it’s also getting an electric parking brake and keyless entry with push button start.
As standard, SEAT will sell the revised Leon Cupra with mechanical goodies such as the adaptive chassis control (DCC) and a progressive steering system, while an electronic self-locking differential will also be part of the kit without having to pay more.
SEAT says it will begin customer deliveries of the Leon Cupra facelift in February 2017, with pricing to be announced closer to the model’s launch. As you would imagine, the Leon Cupra ST DSG 4Drive will be the most expensive version of the bunch, but even so it will still undercut the VW Golf R Variant, which is bound to receive a mid-cycle refresh very soon.