Following an announcement made at the end of last year, Seat has introduced a more rugged version of the Leon ST called "X-Perience."

Following an announcement made at the end of last year, Seat has introduced a more rugged version of the Leon ST called "X-Perience."

This new Leon ST derivative brings a +15mm increased ride height and additional plastic body cladding to create a more rugged appearance also enhanced by the front and rear aluminum underbody protection. It comes with black anodized roof rails and can be equipped with 17- or 18-inch unique alloy wheels while the side profile shows beefier door sills.

On the inside it can receive brown leather and Alcantara upholstery with orange contrast stitching while lesser models feature a fabric finish. There are also some special badges and a large 587-liter trunk that can be expanded to 1470 liters if you fold down the rear seats.

Offered with permanent all-wheel drive (with fifth-gen Haldex coupling), the Seat Leon X-Perience can be had with a 1.8 TSI delivering 180 PS (132 kW) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. On the diesel side, the vehicle is available with a 1.6 TDI rated at 110 PS (81 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) along with a 2.0 TDI outputting 150 PS (110 kW) & 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) and 184 PS (135 kW) & 380 Nm (280 lb-ft). These engines can work with either a standard six-speed manual or an optional DSG.

The Seat Leon X-Perience will be publicly unveiled in October at the Paris Motor Show, with sales to commence shortly thereafter.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

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