Seat has officially unveiled the 2013 Leon, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Seat has officially unveiled the 2013 Leon, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Looking significantly improved, the model has a sporty design with an aggressive front fascia, trapezoidal C-pillars and optional LED headlights. Overall, the hatchback measures 4.26 meters long and rides a wheelbase that has been extended approximately 6cm.

The interior is nicely equipped with premium materials, metallic accents and an infotainment system that has four speakers, Bluetooth/USB/AUX connectivity and a five-inch touchscreen display. There's also LED ambient lighting and a boot holds 380 liters (13.4 cubic feet) of luggage.

In terms of safety, the Leon can be equipped with a drowsiness detection system that "recognizes when the driver is losing concentration and suggests taking a break." There's also lane-keeping assistant and a Full Beam Assistant which uses a camera to automatically adjust the headlights.

Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. Choices include:

  • A 1.6-liter TDI with outputs of 90 PS (66 kW / 89) as well as 105 PS (77 kW / 104 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TDI with outputs of 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque as well as 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 1.2-liter TSI with outputs of 86 PS (63 kW / 85 hp) and 105 PS (77 kW / 104 hp)
  • A 1.4-liter TSI with 122 PS (90 kW / 120 hp)
  • A 1.8-liter TSI with 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp)

Depending on which engine is selected, it can be mated to a five- and six-speed manual or a six- and seven-speed DSG transmission.

Last but not least, the model rides on the MQB platform which enables the car to weigh approximately 90 kg (198 lbs) less than its predecessor.

Check out the press release for additional information