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Special Report: SEAT 2013 Launch Guide

SEAT UK is engaged in the most comprehensive product launch programme in our history, with exciting new models which have enhanced the depth of our range offering, including the fabulous new Leon and Toledo.

Recalling one of the most successful models ever in the SEAT range, the new Toledo offers five-door versatility and exceptional interior space with the profile of a saloon and premium quality that makes the most of modern technology.

The brand-new SEAT Leon embodies the latest technology and engineering with striking looks that are true to SEAT’s sporting design ethos. The interior adopts a clear, light and uncluttered look that uses premium quality materials for truly sumptuous look and feel.

Launched in early 2013, the new Leon has already been widely praised by the motoring press.

Our range of Ecomotive models, which offer reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption without compromising the driving enjoyment typical of SEAT, allows fleet managers and user-choosers to enjoy low wholelife costs and benefit-in-kind tax as well as serious driving fun.

In addition to expanding and improving our range of vehicles, we have invested in our fleet team and building a sustainable network of fleet specialist dealers to ensure that SEAT is a brand that’s easy to do business with.

The SEAT Fleet Business Centre is designed to work as an extension to the field sales team and dealer network, and plays an important role in improving customers’ experience of our brand.

Our aim is to become the fleet manufacturer of choice, so if you’re looking for a business partner where you don’t have to compromise on terms, on service and on range, you can count on us to deliver.

For more information, visit seat.co.uk/expectmore .

On sale: March

The new SEAT Leon is based on the same platform as the new Volkswagen Golf, so the Spaniard has the same breadth of driving talent.

The big difference between the two is the price, with the Leon noticeably cheaper with prices starting from £15,670.

There’s a new 181bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine for the FR variant that delivers 65.7mpg and impressively low CO2 emissions of 112g/km for a performance model. It will see off 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, but of more interest to fleet users will be the 99g/km 1.6 TDI version that also offers 74.3mpg average economy. This engine can also be ordered with a six-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox with 102g/km emissions and 72.4mpg.

Don’t assume this 1.6 TDI engine is the Econetic model though, as SEAT is planning a sub-90g/km version of the Leon within 12 months of the car going on sale in March.

If you want the DSG transmission with the 1.6 TDI engine, you will need to upgrade to the £19,740 SE trim version as it is only available in the mid-spec trim.

With a manual gearbox, you can have the 1.6 TDI in S or SE form, but not in the sport FR guise. The FR is offered only with the two more powerful petrol engines and the 2.0-litre diesel, but comes with SEAT Drive Profile as standard.

This allows the driver to choose between normal and sport modes for the steering and throttle response, and in the DSG-equipped models the SEAT Drive Profile also alters the gearshift pattern to suit relaxed or sporty driving.
Petrol engines are covered by TSI engines in 1.2-litre 104bhp, 1.4-litre 138bhp and 1.8-litre 177bhp forms.

There’s also a 148bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel that’s expected to be popular with fleets.

Like its new Golf cousin, the SEAT Leon provides ample cabin space and a boot that now boasts 380 litres of luggage capacity compared to the previous model’s 340 litres.

All new Leons come with seven airbags, which includes a driver’s knee airbag, air conditioning, ESP, CD stereo with touchscreen control and Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connection.


On sale: Autumn

SEAT intends to distinguish the three-door version of the Leon from the hatch model by making it a sportier proposition. It will have its own bespoke suspension settings and have a more aggressive look.

Even so, the same engine line-up as the five-door hatch will be available in the SC, though SEAT expects more SC buyers to opt for the more powerful engines.

A Cupra version will also be added with a more potent 2.0-litre turbo petrol that will be shared with the five-door Leon.

SEAT believes the SC will broaden its appeal to fleet and retail customers who are familiar with the outgoing Leon’s coupé-like styling.


On sale: Summer

For the first time in the Leon’s life, SEAT will produce an estate version.

It will use the same wheelbase as the hatch but have a longer rear overhang to create a boot that will be one of the largest in this sector.

The same engine line-up as for the hatch will be offered in the estate, though the 104bhp 1.2 TSI engine may not be part of the ST’s range.

An Econetic model will be launched early in 2014 with CO2 emissions of around 90g/km in the ST. It will use a version of the 1.6 TDI engine with 104bhp and five-speed manual gearbox.


SEAT Ibiza Cupra
On sale: January

The hottest SEAT Ibiza goes on sale in January with the arrival of the Cupra.

It offers 177bhp from a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and sees off 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, while it tops out at 142mph.

A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox is standard for the Ibiza Cupra and it has steering wheel-mounted paddles to give the driver greater control.

The Cupra will return an average of 47.9mpg and will cost from £18,825.

It comes with an electronic differential lock to improve cornering grip, while hill start is also standard for the new hot Ibiza. There are 17-inch alloy wheels and gloss black exterior trim highlights to separate the Cupra from other Ibiza models.

To further enhance the sporting feel of the Ibiza Cupra, SEAT uses a valve in the exhaust to create a more purposeful sound when the driver wants it.

There’s also lowered sports suspension, AP Performance brakes and ESP as standard.


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