Seat’s style makeover continues with the new Toledo, which sticks faithfully to the looks of the Prototipo concept revealed in May. Heading for the UK in January, the Toledo is a huge step forward from the staid current model, a booted version of the Golf-sized Leon – although the new model does look remarkably like the Altea, Seat’s new midi-MPV launched earlier this month.
The main exterior change from the Madrid show car is the loss of the attention-grabbing two-tone paintwork. The funky reverse/fog light is also moved from the number plate housing, but otherwise the production car is almost identical to the concept.
Width and height – as well as looks – are shared with the Altea, although an extra 200mm goes behind the rear wheels to increase boot capacity by 91 litres to 500. There is also an unusual split-level luggage compartment.
Despite the unconventional monobox design, Seat says the new Toledo will compete in the same market as its predecessor, which was 60mm shorter, 30mm narrower and a huge 130mm lower. Officials claim that the MPV-alike Toledo will rival the Ford Focus saloon and VW Bora.
Two petrols and two diesels will be available from launch: 102bhp 1.6 and 150bhp 2.0-litre FSI petrols, and 105bhp 1.9 and the 140bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesels. Electronic safety systems including ESP stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and traction control are standard.
Prices are likely to start at £13,500. The two most powerful engines will get a standard six-speed gearbox, while the much-vaunted dual-clutch DSG will be an option on the TDi.
Although the concept’s full-length panoramic glass roof and chainmail-effect carpet and door trim predictably don’t make their way over to the production car, Bluetooth mobile phone tech and an MP3-compatible audio system will be offered. Drivers can operate the telephone from the steering wheel.