Seat is continuing its new product offensive with a new 2017 Leon, following on from the popular Ateca SUV released just last month. The Successful Leon Formula is now having another dose of extra technology and design added to the mix.
“With the New SEAT Leon, we want to continue the success story of one of SEAT’s most emblematic models, including further technologies in terms of driving assistance systems, safety systems and, of course, connectivity” added the Vice-President for R&D, Dr. Matthias Rabe.
One of the main reasons the current Leon is so popular is down to the striking high quality design, so for the latest reincarnation only subtle changes have been added. The front and rear body has a sharper, more assertive line with incisive lateral lines that fade out towards the front and rear. A newly designed front bumper with a slightly stretched out grille, gives the car a wider look.
The New 2017 Seat Leon
SEAT Design Director, Alejandro Mesonero Romanos, affirmed, “The Leon is a very attractive model and it isn’t necessary to change its image, only reinforce it, refresh it. The objective is to harmonise all parts of it, in particular the front and the rear, with the sides of the car.”
A range of safety features as we’ve seen on the newly released Ateca are available like the Traffic Jam assist on automatic (DSG) versions only. This system offers a calming and comforting effect in stop start traffic, the car will follow the vehicle in front, setting off, manoeuvring and coming to a stop again automatically up to a certain speed.
On the inside the cabin has customisable interior mood lighting with a range of colours all controlled from the 8-inch multimedia touch-screen. Included is the latest Apple Car Play and Android Auto smart-phone connectivity with a wireless charging phone box for compatible phones.
Two different versions of the 1.6 litre diesel (90ps and 115ps) are in the engine range alongside a 2.0 litre 184ps. A new three cylinder 1.0 litre will be a petrol option with 110ps. Five and six speed manual gearboxes and automatic dual clutch DSG units with six and seven speeds round up the transmission range.
The Luxury Excellence trim has been added to the line up with a Cupra version in the works too, with its own surprises. More details on the 2017 Leon 5-door, Sports Coupe and Sports Tourer will be released closer to the initial launch in February 2017.