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Images on social media show new family hatch will take styling inspiration from the Tarraco SUV and El-Born SUV
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28 January 2020

The new Seat Leon has been partially revealed in new images posted online ahead of its official unveiling today. 

UPDATE: The new Leon has been officially unveiled. Click here to see it

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 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.

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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.

Rabe has previously told Autocar that the design and packaging of the five-door car will “not be a typical hatch" and that “it will create some desire”. 

The next Leon will once again use the VW Group’s MQB platform, albeit a significantly updated version shared with the recently launched Mk8 Golf.

The Leon will come in five-door hatch, estate and crossover forms. The latter, jacked-up version will sit below the Ateca SUV in the brand's range and be "more extreme" than the previous version of the Leon estate, according to Rabe. He added: “We talk about hatch and we talk about SUV. Why not make something in-between?” 

The range is expected to open with the familiar 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engine, offering similar performance to today's model. 

Seat won’t drop diesels from the line-up, Rabe said, but the range will include one of the first mild-hybrid petrol options within the VW Group for those wanting levels of economy similar to those offered by oil-burning engines. This is likely to use the 48V system mated to a 1.5-litre TSI engine, as found in the Golf.

There will also be a plug-in hybrid Leon, which the Spanish brand has already confirmed will offer a 31-mile all-electric range. Expectations are that the PHEV Leon will use the 201bhp petrol-electric system offered in the Golf, with a more powerful 242bhp plug-in powertrain reserved for the Cupra-branded performance version

 

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28 February 2018

"Highly praised in customer clinics", so I'm guessing the testing was done in a stationary vehicle, not whilst driving. As more and more touch screens take over, they'll demand more and more of our attention than more tactile interfaces (switches and knobs you can actually locate by touch).

Wonder when there'll be legislation outlawing there use - after all, the law says you can't touch your phone whilst driving so why should an in-car screen be any different?

Yes, i know there's voice control but it's only so good. Google requires a good internet connection for example and I know Vodafone are planning 4G on the moon but there are still areas in the UK that are free from coverage

25 May 2018

 What with touch screens becoming the norm your passenger will be if you like a Co Pilot!

28 February 2018

Let's hope it gets a satnav screen which works properly unlike the current one.

28 February 2018

One of the reasons I chose the excellent 8" infotainment over the 9.2" on my Skoda is because th 9.2" has no buttons. The system on our previous Honda was touch screen only - heavens help road safety if all cars are heading that way. What's the point of loading our cars with so many safety systems, then using an infotainment system that you MUST take your eyes off the road to use?

The 8" system on our SEAT and SKODA are just about as good a system as I've ever used. Why on earth get rid of it?

PS - the current voice control in SEAT and SKODA is pathetic - never use it - waste of time. Glad they're going to improve it, they can hardly make it any worse.

28 February 2018

“We talk about hatch and we talk about SUV. Why not make something in between?”

You mean like all the Crossovers which are on sale now?

28 February 2018

Seats head of interior design was quoted in a rival mag not so long ago to say that climate controls had no place on a touch screen. This gave me some hope that Seat weren't just going to follow the crowd, but looks like the guy was at odds with his colleagues. Or maybe you just shouldn't take any notice of the guff these guys churn out to gullible journalists.

28 February 2018
catnip wrote:

Seats head of interior design was quoted in a rival mag not so long ago to say that climate controls had no place on a touch screen. This gave me some hope that Seat weren't just going to follow the crowd, but looks like the guy was at odds with his colleagues. Or maybe you just shouldn't take any notice of the guff these guys churn out to gullible journalists.

yep. As an expert in the field of user-centred design (which to be honest is how all design should be considered) I’m so confused at the relentless shoehorning of climate controls into a touch screen. There’s a video that The Verge have made with the Tesla Model 3 where they practically drool over the touch screen, completely ignoring all the issues they have with it (finding hazard lights, wipers, AIR VENTS for crying out loud). 

The swarm towards touch screens for everything is rash and I’ll struggle to see otherwise unless VAG can provide solid evidence from research with their customers that they can make it work well. They should be more transparent around this stuff. Voice activation isn’t great in a car full of people, either...

19 December 2019
catnip wrote:

Seats head of interior design was quoted in a rival mag not so long ago to say that climate controls had no place on a touch screen. This gave me some hope that Seat weren't just going to follow the crowd, but looks like the guy was at odds with his colleagues. Or maybe you just shouldn't take any notice of the guff these guys churn out to gullible journalists.

Probably not the designers choice, I suspect its more of the bean counters choice, it allows VAG to use the same system in all its brands cuttingh costs, who cares if its not what they want, VW have just removed AEB as a standard fit on its UP trio, and its no longer even an option, thus losing them 2 EuroNcap stars and making them a 3 star vehicle, they have really made much reference to it in any of their press releases. 

28 February 2018

Interior design may be improved, but the exterior? lifeless.

28 February 2018

Just like no one ever complained about having a handbrake, not did we ask for easy to use buttons be hidden away within a stupid screen. For goodness sake car makers, have some common sense 

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