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Seat reveals the 2013 Leon

Fresh new design for Seat's big selling hatch

Seat has unveiled images and information for the 2013 Leon. The old model has been around for a long time now, while rivals have moved on and had refreshes and all-new versions the old Leon soldiered on.

Well now it’s the Leon’s turn to have the spotlight as Seat has given it an all-new platform and look, based on the soon to be common VAG Group MQB platform. This platform also underpins the new Audi A3 and will spawn many more models, but in this Leon application saves around 85 kg per model over the previous generation.

The new Leon takes on Seat’s latest design language seen on the updated Ibiza and new Toledo models and gives the mid-sized hatchback a more conventional shape unlike the more MPV-like previous model. There are angular swage lines in the body, while the front end gets very aggressive headlights (with a full LED option) and a bumper with a wide lower opening and foglight enclosures. We see the standard car and the sportier FR model in the press images.

The petrol line-up at launch comprises a 1.2 litre TSI with either 85 bhp or 104 bhp and a 1.8 litre TSI with 178 bhp. A 1.4 litre TSI with either 120 bhp or 138 bhp will follow later. The 138 bhp version will have Active Cylinder Technology, which closes down two cylinders during light throttle loads.

The diesels in the range are a 1.6 litre TDI with either 89 bhp or 104 bhp, and a 2.0 litre TDI offered in 148 bhp or 181 bhp states of tune. As with the current car, the frugal Ecomotive and sporty FR and Cupra sub-brands will feature in the Leon line-up.

The interior was one of the main areas that the old Leon was starting to show its age, so the all new look to the inside of the 2013 model is greatly welcomed. Looking every inch the VAG product, it has a very strong Audi feel to it which can only be a good thing for a car in this sector and price point.

Images courtesy of Seat

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more