The 2017 SEAT Leon has received a subtle facelift along with a raft of new engines, technologies and assistance systems.
Set to make its debut early next year, the Leon – which is the Spanish equivalent of the VW Golf – sports sharper front and rear end designs. Its chrome grille has been stretched an extra 40mm to give a car a wider look and is now flanked by a pair of LED lights.
Inside, the updated model is said to be even quieter than before. LED ambient lighting with customizable intensity also surrounds occupants, while a new 8-inch touchscreen controls most of the car’s functions.
A raft of new technologies, including Traffic Jam Assist, which manoeuvres, accelerates and brakes the car automatically as speeds of up to 60km/h, Pedestrian Protection System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, Emergency Assist and High Beam Assist.
The new Leon also has a new centre console with an Electric Parking Brake and a Connectivity Box that enables wireless smartphone charging. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are all making their debut on the Spanish car.
Underneath the bonnet, its new range of engines is now Euro 6 compliant. The TDI engine range begins with a 1.6-litre 66kW (90 PS) and goes up to the 2.0-litre 135kW (184 PS), plus, it includes a new 1.6-litre 85kW (115 PS) powertrain. In terms of petrol power, the New Leon’s options range from 82kW to 132kW (110 to 180 PS), including a new 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder 85kW (115 PS).
Transmission options include five- or six-speed manual units, as well as six- or seven-speed twin-clutch DSG.
The New SEAT Leon will be available in the three existing body types; five-door, SC (Sports Coupé) and ST (Sports Tourer).