The Golf's Spanish brother is joining the bright side.

What now seems like an endless river of spy photos and videos showing the next generation SEAT Leon will finally end on January 28 next year. The Spanish brand has just confirmed the debut date of its best-selling nameplate, also releasing a short teaser video of the model.

The clip gives us a sneak peek at the interior of the hatchback which confirms the new VW Golf’s dual-screen layout will be mirrored in the 2020 Leon with an all-digital instrument cluster. The center console also appears to be quite similar but not much else can be said at the moment.

Gallery: 2020 SEAT Leon teaser images

In its official press release, SEAT talks about the new model’s lighting technology which should “make the dynamic, sporty and elegant compact car even more desirable whether viewed from outside or from the comfort of the cabin.” Obviously, the car will incorporate a full-LED exterior package with the biggest surprise here being the edge-to-edge rear LED strip combined with dynamic turn signals. Also, upon approaching the car, the new Leon will greet its driver with a projected “Hola!” lettering.

“Advanced lighting technology is key in enhancing a vehicle’s design,” Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, design director at SEAT, comments. “In the all-new SEAT Leon, we have been able to use to great effect to empower its already strong character. Inside, its wraparound ambient light takes the new Leon yet to another level of functionality and aesthetics.”

The aggressive-looking hatch will share its underpinnings with the Golf MK8 and new Skoda Octavia, and should be positioned as the sportiest of the trio. A wide range of traditional gasoline and diesel combustion engines, plus possibly a plug-in hybrid, are set to be available when sales kick off shortly after the January debut.

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  • The all-new Leon takes lighting technology to the next level to accentuate the exterior and interior design of SEAT’s best seller
  • Full LED headlights bring clarity for the driver, while the rear coast-to-coast light heightens the vehicle’s design
  • The all-new SEAT Leon’s interior space is emphasised by wraparound ambient lighting
  • The all-new SEAT Leon will be unveiled on January, 28th

SEAT is adding a dash of the exceptional with the next-generation Leon and putting lighting technology at the centre of the vehicle’s personality. The all-new SEAT Leon adds lighting systems that will make the dynamic, sporty and elegant compact car even more desirable whether viewed from outside or from the comfort of the cabin. 

Back in 2012 when the third generation was presented, the SEAT Leon was the first car in its segment to feature the full LED technology. SEAT’s dedicated design and engineering teams have taken the lighting technology to the next level in the brand’s best-seller, to accentuate the all-new Leon’s bold new interior design language.

Externally the next-generation Leon incorporates full LED technology; at the front this means dynamic headlights with a brightness and clarity that will illuminate even the darkest roads. At the rear the coast-to-coast continuous lighting between the two rear lamps, and on start up, provide a striking welcome ceremony light show.

The Leon will also include dynamic rear indicators, making it even clearer to other road users your direction of travel, improving overall safety.

But before you even set off on your journey, as you appraoch the car a SEAT specific welcome light projects the word “Hola!” onto the ground as you activate the vehicle, providing yet another element of style to the latest Leon to roll off the production line.

“Advanced lighting technology is key in enhancing a vehicle’s design. In the all-new SEAT Leon, we have been able to use to great effect to empower its already strong character”, said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Director of Design at SEAT. “Inside, its wraparound ambient light takes the new Leon yet to another level of funcionality and aesthetics.”

As you take your seat inside the all-new SEAT Leon, its innovative lighting concept enhances the driving experience, with a full LED wraparound ambient light running all along the front dashboard and doors.

The lighting technology of the all-new SEAT Leon has been designed and developped at the Technical Centre of SEAT in Martorell.

The fourth generation of SEAT Leon will be unveiled on January 28th.