Coupé will have a shorter wheelbase and a sweeping roofline, setting it apart from its five-door cousin
Matt Burt
19 July 2012

The three-door version of the new Seat Leon is “definitively coupé” in its styling, say company chiefs. The front end of the eagerly anticipated car, set to be unveiled next year, is lower and wider than that of the five-door, giving it a more aggressive, sporty stance.

Seat says the three-door will be “very close” to the striking IBE concept from the 2010 Geneva show. It will have a shorter wheelbase and a sweeping roofline, setting it apart from its five-door cousin.

The estate, meanwhile, will feature sporty, striking looks without sacrificing functionality. Seat is aiming for a model that won’t look out of place in a premium context, with the BMW 3-series Touring mentioned as a reference point.

It hasn’t been confirmed whether the three-door and estate versions will respectively adopt the SC (Sport Coupé) and ST (Sport Tourer) suffixes applied to the equivalent models in the Ibiza range, although it seems logical that they will.

As for future Leon variants, a convertible is unlikely, as is a compact MPV because of the Altea, but a crossover SUV inspired by the IBX concept is “the kind of thing we should have in our plan”.

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19 July 2012

Awesome awesomeness! lovely colour.

19 July 2012

I'll believe when i see it. The fact that it supposedly has a shorter wheelbase is promising though, in as much as it shows that VW may actually be investing into diferentiating Seat from its other brands. But then...

Alex Kersten wrote:

As for future Leon variants, a convertible is unlikely, as is a compact MPV because of the Altea...

So are they not planning on replacing the Altea?

 

 

19 July 2012

Sweet!

19 July 2012

Alex Kersten wrote:

The three-door version of the new Seat Leon is “definitively coupé” in its styling, say company chiefs. The front end of the eagerly anticipated car, set to be unveiled next year, is lower and wider than that of the five-door, giving it a more aggressive, sporty stance.

According to the Seat UK official facebook page this car will be unveiled at the Paris Motorshow in September.

It's a great looking car in 5dr form, will be interested to see how it handles.

19 July 2012

looks great please make it

BJN

19 July 2012

If the 3-door Leon looks like the IBE concept pictured here, I am 100% positive I'll upgrade my Leon mk2 and stay with SEAT. Otherwise I'll go for Scirocco or Giulietta. The mk3 5-door looks bland.

19 July 2012

Maybe VAG have just remembered that Seat is supposed to be their sporting brand!

I had a Mk I Leon and really liked it, but I thought the MK II looked dreadful and the MK III previewed the other day not much better.

But this is a huge improvement and could bring me back to the brand if they offer some decent options like leather trim (my MK I Cupra had it but on MK II's it wasn't available).

20 July 2012

I hope the basic shape is the same, looks much more striking than the 5-door. I can only see the new standard Seat headlight/grill combo going on the front though. 

Still it's a step in the right direction for them... 

20 July 2012

I also hope the SEAT Leon Coupe is "very clse" to the IBE Concept, especially the front end, and "as far away as possible" from its dull 5-door sibling!!

I fear though that the corporate face will just be grafted on ... Sad

20 July 2012

lets hope it doesn't have torsion beam rear suspension...

MQB does allow for stretching or shortening the wheelbase. Something like this allways throw off the relation between center of gravity and center of turning, which more or less define how much the car will roll when it is turning. Anyway.

 

Seat doesn't need good pricing, it needs products that won't be criticisized as much in certain areas in my oppinion...

 

For the 5 door I certainly won't "upgrade" to the mk III from my mk II. And I liked all all the leons so far...

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