All-new Leon due later this year, plus reborn Toledo, Mii and Ibiza facelift

An all-new, three-strong Seat Leon range, set to be unveiled before the end of this year, will cap off one of the busiest years in the company’s history.

Before the new three-door, five-door and estate Leons are shown, the VW Group firm will launch its Ibiza facelift and all-new Mii city car, plus a new compact Toledo saloon and special Chinese versions of the Ibiza and Leon.

See pics of the Seat Ibe concept, which shows the new Leon's look

Seat president James Muir has long spoken of his desire to expand the Leon range, and the three models should give Seat a significant volume boost in one of Europe’s largest segments.

Seat design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos said the expanded Leon range would stop the need for one car to “fulfil the needs of three”. The models are expected to be heavily influenced by the Seat IBE concept car.

“The new Leons will target different clients,” he said. “The five-door will target families that want something dynamic and spacious; it will be more mature than before.

“The three-door will be sportier and will have a short wheelbase. The roof will be more sports coupé-like, without being a coupé. The estate will look sporty, but maintains functionality with a huge boot.”

The new Toledo, tipped for launch at next month’s Geneva motor show, is Seat’s version of the Skoda MissionL, a four-door saloon unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt show. The two firms have developed the MissionL and Toledo together.

At the Beijing show in April, Seat’s special Chinese versions of the Leon and Ibiza will be launched with subtly revised interiors to suit Chinese tastes.

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8 February 2012

Another car opens up to the sky. Interesting headlights.

8 February 2012

wow, thats a huge change in the styling away from the current dumpy look to something altogther better. VW might actually want to sell some Seats afterall

8 February 2012

Cool.

And hopefully, this time VW will not restrict Seat's chassis engineers so they can't setup the Leon Cupra/R's handling to be on a par with the Golf GTI/R's.

And hopefully, this time VW will permit the Leon to have cabin materials that match the equivalent Skoda, while holding back on the cheapo silver-painted plastic.

Hey, y'never know, VW might actually allow Seat to fulfil its potential - a range of cars that have German build quality and southern European flair, ie a 'German' alternative to Fiat/Alfa. Yes, please.

8 February 2012

The new Leon must have a usp this time to become more than a moderate success.Its a tough ask as the Golf and Octavia are the default choice of the VW group for most people

8 February 2012

Brilliant choice of designer!!! The Leon is reflecting his diverse background plus his Spanish ( and I think possibly Greek in the Romanos surname - ) heritage. No interior proper pics but if they can take some good cues from Audi - then they have a huge hot on their hands. This car is nothing short of beautiful and desirable ( and heck I am an old fart so what the youngsters will think beggard if I know)

A little background on the designer for you:

In 2009, he was named design boss of Renault Samsung Motors. On the other hand, Donckerwolke, studied in Brussels and Switzerland. In 1992, he joined VW from Peugeot as an exterior designer at Audi. In 1998, he transferred to Lamborghini as design project manager. In 2003, he was named Lamborghini's design chief. In 2005,

8 February 2012

I still think Seat needs to be unique within the VW family not only in its design language but the products its selling. Maybe VW should pitch it as a youth orientated brand a bit like Scion and definitely give what is in my opinion supposed to be a sporty brand something like an MX-5 rival like the Tango concept from years ago. As someone else said Skoda and VW's seem to be the default car in the family. VW managed to get people to buy Skoda's which years gone by was a brand that was seen as totally undesirable and Skoda doesn't seem to have that problem.

8 February 2012

It'll be interesting to see how the Leon and it's Skoda equivalent will line up in their respective ranges because both companies already have Focus and Mondeo rivals in their line up through the Leon & Octavia and Exeo & Superb. The first 2 Toledos were Golf rivals, while the 3rd was some bizarre and ugly saloon-inspired MPV which was a poor man's Vel Satis.

8 February 2012

[quote Autocar]

“The new Leons will target different clients,” he said. “The five-door will target families that want something dynamic and spacious; it will be more mature than before.

“The three-door will be sportier and will have a short wheelbase. The roof will be more sports coupé-like, without being a coupé. The estate will look sporty, but maintains functionality with

a huge boot.” [/quote]

If and only if this is what they are actually offering and they are dynamically accomplished enough (let's have the real Spanish Alfa that they've been promising to offer for years), then this could be a very desirable range of cars.

With Ford now off the dynamic boil, they could take the place of the Mk2 Focus by offering a practical car that drives well.

This is the sort of car I'd buy now (as long as they don't saddle them with DSG boxes).

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 February 2012

[quote Autocar]

“The new Leons will target different clients,” he said. “The five-door will target families that want something dynamic and spacious; it will be more mature than before.

“The three-door will be sportier and will have a short wheelbase. The roof will be more sports coupé-like, without being a coupé. The estate will look sporty, but maintains functionality with

a huge boot.” [/quote]

If and only if this is what they are actually offering and they are dynamically accomplished enough (let's have the real Spanish Alfa that they've been promising to offer for years), then this could be a very desirable range of cars.

With Ford now off the dynamic boil, they could take the place of the Mk2 Focus by offering a practical car that drives well.

This is the sort of car I'd buy now (as long as they don't saddle them with DSG boxes).

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 February 2012

Sounds like a good plan for SEAT their models are improving and the FL Leon did make a much better Leon, still find it funny that the Leon FR is basically mechanically and electrically a Golf GTi/GTD but the FR gets a lighter steering setting, brake servo so it feels different, or not as "good" to drive having tried a GTD and FR TDi back to back suspension differences are almost unnoticeable.

SEAT is picking up sales as the Golf gets higher and higher priced the likes of Skoda and SEAT are stealing customers. Both have a good product portfolio Skoda better than SEAT's at present. These new editions could be the final pieces in the jigsaw that case SEAT to grow further. I know another six dealerships have opened as demand for the cars has grown. Maybe SEAT are finally finding there niche????

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