Seat is introducing the new line of cars it calls the Exeo range with immediate effect. Currently only the four-door sedan will be available but by next summer the Sport Tourer version will also be at dealers.

Based on the previous Audi A4 platform the new Seat Exeo was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 and can be bought in sedan form right now while a family-sized ST (Sport Tourer) version comes into market before the summer.

The initial batch will be powered by a choice of petrol engines listed as a 1.6-litre 102hp (75kW), a 1.8-litre 150hp (110kW) and a 2.0-litre TSI that makes 200hp (147kW). Two diesel options are available in the 143hp (105kW) and 170hp (125kW) 2.0-litre engine. All the engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox at launch.

The car is available in 14 different exterior paint colours and six trim selections for the interior. Standard features are ABS, ESP, dual-zole climate control, seven airbags, 16-inch wheels and a trip computer among others. As the trim levels go higher buyers can tick off features like rear parking sensors, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth and bi-xenon headlights.

The ST family-sized version goes on sale before summer 2010 with the same engines and equipment as the four-door model. However the ST will be longer and offer more boot space because of its size. Prices for the entry-level Exeo start at €21,990.


Gallery: First Look: Seat Exeo Sport Tourer