Seat CEO James Muir has confirmed plans to launch four new models starting in 2012. Details inside
New details are emerging about Seat's five year plan as the company's CEO has announced plans to launch four new models starting in 2012.
Speaking with Automotive News Europe, James Muir confirmed "We will launch four new cars: the new Leon, a totally new entry-level model, a four-door sedan and a major Ibiza facelift."
While he declined to elaborate, our spy photographers have previously caught the 2012 Leon wearing heavy camouflage. It will be based on the Volkswagen Golf VII which means we can expect HCCI petrol engines, a seven-speed DSG transmission, and possibly a Twin Drive plug-in hybrid powertrain.
As for the entry-level model, that could be Seat's version of the Volkswagen Up! / Lupo. If this is correct, the pint-sized hatchback will likely offer a 1.0-liter petrol with 75 PS (74 hp / 55 kW), a 1.2-liter diesel with 75 PS (74 hp / 55 kW) and a 1.2-liter TSI that develops 86 PS (84 hp / 63kW). Eventually, an EV variant could be launched with an electric motor that produces 82 PS (80 hp / 60 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) of torque.
If everything goes according to plan, Muir wants to increase Seat's sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2018. This won't be an easy task, as the company only moved 340,000 units last year, but new product is key to turning the beleaguered brand around.