The new Seat Leon has been partially revealed in new images posted online ahead of its official unveiling today.
The pictures were posted by Instagram user CochesPias, and show the front and rear ends of the Ford Focus rival fully unwrapped. Visible details include an angular front grille design mirroring that of the firm's large Tarraco SUV, and the horizontal rear light bar shown in official preview images released by Seat.
Seat hasn’t been shy of dropping teasers of the new Leon ahead of its unveiling. In December it released a video showing details of the model, and recently gave us a look at the upcoming car’s rear in a new image. Seat insiders have called the new car the biggest step forward in the model's history, with a significant improvement in cabin technology and the introduction of variants with electrified powertrains.
The all-new SEAT Leon will be unveiled on the 28th January 2020. Here's a sneak peek of it before then! pic.twitter.com/KiGZvN7fMd
— SEAT UK Media (@SEAT_UK_media) December 18, 2019
The new car gains a full-length lighting strip across the tailgate that echoes that of Seat's El Born EV, a new design of rear name badge than on the outgoing car and the return of full LED headlights. The new Leon is also set to gain ambient lighting features in the cabin.
Despite claims of a radical new design direction beginning with the Mk4 Leon, prototypes feature an evolutionary look. Seat is gradually moving away from straight edges and sharp angles for future models, and this mule's curvier front-end demonstrates that.
The C-segment car will get a more advanced infotainment system - which can update maps, apps and functionality over the air - similar to that offered in the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. Seat CEO Luca de Meo said: “For two years, we have been working on what will be the best infotainment system coming to market next year, starting with the Leon."
Along with the new cabin tech, the fourth-generation Leon will also be available with Seat's first plug-in hybrid powertrain to offer improved fuel economy as well as limited zero-emissions running. The plug-in Leon is billed as the model to kick-start Seat’s electrification ambitions, which will gain pace when its first truly bespoke EV, the El Born, is launched in 2020.
To signify its big stride forward, the upcoming Leon’s look has been described by brand design boss Alejandro Mesonero as taking “a bigger step” than the company has taken since the relaunch of the brand with the current Leon in 2012. “Sometimes you need to take a bigger step so as not to be obsolete. We’re ready very soon for the next, bolder step in design,” he said.