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”.