New Altea and Leon models feature Seat's new Arrow Design concept and new XDS technology - a self-blocking differential that works with the ESP system to improve traction.

Seat has officially unveiled the facelifted Leon and Altea models.

Slated for their first public viewing at the Geneva auto show next month, both the Leon and Altea feature the the Arrow Design concept which brings a lot of change to both models' front and back end designs.

Those include a new grill, a smaller Seat badge and bigger headlamps. At the back, the rear window is larger, sitting on a different hatch and the lights arrangement has also changed. [see photos]

On the inside are new trim materials with an upgraded instrument panel and central console.

Also there is a new technology available called the XDS system. This is a self-locking differential that works with the ESP system to improve traction. Sounds good.

Interestingly, one of the press release's main highlights is "diesel engines with common rail technology", which VW is now adopting in favor of its previously in-house-developed Pumpe-Duese technology. The change now uprates the 2.0 liter TDI to 170 hp from the previous 140 hp.

Both models will be on display at the Geneva auto show which runs from March 5th to the 15th.

 

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