Seat has unveiled revisions to the Exeo range for the Paris motor show
29 September 2010

Seat will unveil revised Exeo and Exeo ST estate models fitted with the new continuously variable multitronic gearbox at the Paris motor show.

The gearbox will be mated to the 141bhp 2.0 TDI common rail diesel injection engine which Seat claims will allow both models to achieve a combined fuel consumption figure of 48.7 mpg.

See pics of the revised Seat Exeo

The multitronic gearbox works with continuously variable ratios and has both a manual mode controlled by steering wheel shift paddles and a sport mode.

Seat will also unveil changes to the Exeo range including revisions to the front seat and rear bench designs, and the addition of new rear lights featuring LED technology.

The redesigned front seats and rear bench has increased room in the back by 44mm.

Full details of the revised cars’ availability in the UK will be announced closer to their on-sale date.

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29 September 2010

Certainly worth a look then, but did Audi a4s have bad seats in the first place....I don't think so.

29 September 2010

Anyone else find it strange that rather than a DSG box from VAG Seat have decided to go down the CVT route? Maybe it's the same CVT as Audi had in the last 2.7tdi? Cheaper than DSG?

29 September 2010

[quote theonlydt]Anyone else find it strange that rather than a DSG box from VAG Seat have decided to go down the CVT route? .......Cheaper than DSG?[/quote]

My thoughts entirely. It seems strange that the VW Group persist with a CVT as they generally don't seem to be liked that much. Perhaps it's down to production volumes; there aren't enough DSGs to go round so poor relation Seat is fobbed off with this.

29 September 2010

[quote streaky] Perhaps it's down to production volumes[/quote]
I don't doubt that you are right, but I'd also be interested to know if Seat have actually sold many Exeos...?

29 September 2010

I must say that I am rather surprised to see the level of ignorance shown through the arbitrary conclusions in some comments above.

The multitronic CVT is a more pricey gearbox in comparison to the DSG and the reason for its use in the Exeo - which is already an expensive car to build on a premium platform - is not cutting costs.

Think only that, if the multitronic were actually cheaper than the DSG, then the VAG would already have chosen - as a more cost effective solution - to use the multitronic in its much cheaper models (like the Ibiza and the Fabia) which are using the underpinnings of the group's non-premium platforms, instead of putting the multitronic in the expensive ones (like the Audi A4).

On the contrary, the VAG does not seem to exclude the use of the multitronic gearbox in the premium (current&previous) Audi A4, since the multitronic offers a more confortable ride when compared to the DSG.

COMPATIBILITY (with the A4 B7-Exeo premium platform) and CONFORT are the two reasons !

Sincerely yours...

(PS: SEAT Exeo's production numbers seem to be more or less comparable to those of the 1st gen Skoda Superb's from 2002 to 2008.)

29 September 2010

[quote theonlydt]Anyone else find it strange that rather than a DSG box from VAG Seat have decided to go down the CVT route? [/quote] VAG seem to have a supply issue with the DSG gearbox as delivery times on any model ordered with it seems much longer than a manual. Personally cannot see anything wrong with a CVT gearbox, smoother than a torque converter gearbox and I guess cheaper to build as less complicated and with fewer parts and smaller (don't know the technicalities in detail), maybe someone from Autocar can comment on that aspect. There is an Exeo ST regularly parked near my home and I'm always struck by how smart it looks. This auto option can only broaden it's appeal.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

29 September 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]VAG seem to have a supply issue with the DSG gearbox as delivery times on any model ordered with it seems much longer than a manual. Personally cannot see anything wrong with a CVT gearbox, smoother than a torque converter gearbox and I guess cheaper to build as less complicated and with fewer parts and smaller[/quote] The implementation of the multitronic CVT gearbox on the Exeo has been around for at least one year combined with the 2.0TSI petrol engine only.

http://media.seat.com/en/seat-news/2009/491-el-seat-exeo-completa-su-gam...

The novelty now is that the multitronic CVT will also be added as an available option with the diesel engine too, next to petrol engine range where it was exclusively been offered up to the present.

While I cannot comment on the DSG gearbox supply issue, it is a fact that SEAT has been using DSG gearboxes in every single model produced (with the exception of the Exeo), so I guess it could not be that hard for them to add the Exeo range production numbers in their schedule. I don't know, we 'll see...

On the other hand, the mass production of DSG gearboxes for a large number of vag models has allowed a great suppression on the production costs based on economies of scale.

Finally I 'll have to agree there is nothing wrong at all with a multitronic CVT gearbox: smoother, with selectable speeds and shift paddles on the steering wheel.

29 September 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]Personally cannot see anything wrong with a CVT gearbox, smoother than a torque converter gearbox and I guess cheaper to build as less complicated and with fewer parts and smaller (don't know the technicalities in detail)[/quote] My wife's car has a CVT box - I like it. Nissan have given a 10 year warranty on the box, it is smooth and because it's hooked up to a torquey engine it doesn't rev straight to 5000rpm and sit there screaming. I've thought for a while that a CVT would be the perfect match for a diesel, but the only times its been done (Ford C-max 1.6 diesel comes to mind!) it didn't work that well. In theory they can be cheaper than a torque converter or DSG - if built in the volumes that Nissan build them in. Less moving parts and less complicated.

I still maintain I find it strange they went for CVT rather than DSG though...

29 September 2010

Still no sign of a Cupra version yet?

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