Seat has introduced in Paris the third-gen Leon, along with providing pricing information.
With the public debut occurring this week in Paris, Spanish automaker Seat has released the pricing information for the third-gen Leon. In United Kingdom, the entry-level model will cost 15,670 pounds and will go on sale starting with next month, with deliveries commencing in March 2013. It will be offered in three trim levels (S, SE, FR), with the most expensive model being the FR version with 2.0-liter TDI engine that has a starting price of 22,375 pounds.
Gasoline engine options will begin with the 1.2-liter TSI with 105 HP (77 kW) and end with the 1.8-liter TSI with 180 HP (132 kW). As for diesels, the smallest one will be the 1.6-liter TDI that produces 105 HP (77 kW), ending with the larger 2.0-liter TDI that pumps out 184 HP (135 kW). These engines can be linked to a 5- or a 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as the 7-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic.
To reiterate, the new Seat Leon rides on the MQB platform that the VW Group has also used for the new Audi A3 and the Golf VII. It is 90 kg (198 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model and also 52mm shorter, but without compromising the interior space as the wheelbase is longer. While the second-gen Leon had a boot capacity of 340 liters, the new one provides an extra 40 liters.
It is the first model to wear the company’s redesigned logo, representing the seventh logo used by the brand since the company was created back in 1950.
Full technical and pricing details are found in the attached press release.