Later on this week Seat will introduce the new generation of the Leon at the Paris Motor Show. They will showcase only the five-door hatchback version which later on will be joined by the more practical ST and the sportier three-door SC coupe. The Spanish automaker has announced that the new Leon will be presented in both FR and SE specifications.

Advertised as being the first car in its segment to receive full LED headlamps, the 2013 Leon will be offered with a choice of five engines (depending on the market), with outputs varying from 89 hp to 181 hp (135 kW) for the 2.0-liter TDI. The most powerful gasoline engine to be available at first is going to be the 1.8-liter TSI with 178 hp (132 kW). Depending on the choice of the engine, the new Leon can get a 5- or a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6- and 7-speed DSG gearbox.

Riding on the MQB platform (Audi A3, VW Golf VII), the new Leon is about 198 lbs (90 kg) lighter than the model it replaces and will be available in a more frugal Ecomotive variant that promises to return 74.3 mpg UK (61.8 mpg US or 3.8 liters / 100 km) and have CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km.

Full details are available in the press release below.

2013 Seat Leon is first car in its segment to receive full LED headlamps