The current Seat Leon, the third generation, debuted in 2012, in 2016 it survived restyling. Today, the family includes a five-door hatchback and station wagon. Previously, Leon was also produced in a three-door body, but last year they refused this version due to low demand. The model remains the bestseller of the brand, although its sales are falling: according to Focus2move, in January-September 2019 (the resource does not yet provide fresh statistics), 112 825 units (-7.1%) were sold in Europe. The company hopes to encourage sales with the advent of the fourth generation Leon – it will be presented on January 28, 2020. At the same time, a short teaser video was published, so far only hatch has been spotted in it.
Seat claims that the previous model was the first in its segment to receive fully LED optics. Of course, the new Leon also has LEDs, while dynamic turn signals are added, and the taillights are now connected by a red glowing strip – that is, the hatchback looks more spectacular than its sister Volkswagen Golf VIII, which debuted in October. Also, Leon will literally greet its owner if you open the door: the word “Hola!” Is projected onto the ground (“Hello!” In Spanish).
Inside – a new front panel, steering wheel, digital “tidy” and a multimedia system with a large touch screen. A small transmission selector is installed on the central tunnel, as in the last Golf and Skoda Octavia. In addition, the Leon interior provides contour lighting. The number of physical buttons has probably decreased, although there are probably more of them than in the Golf.
Like the mentioned VW and Skoda models, which replaced the generation, the Spaniard is built on an upgraded version of the MQB platform. He will obviously share the equipment with his relatives: you can expect the gasoline engines 1.0 TSI, 1.5 TSI and 2.0 TSI, the new 2.0 TDI diesel engine with a urea neutralization system. Also, Seat Leon, most likely, will be offered with a “soft” hybrid installation and in the form of a full-fledged rechargeable hybrid.
Seat cars are not represented in Russia. The Spanish brand several times tried to gain a foothold in our country (the brand first entered the Russian market back in the 90s), but the demand for cars due to the lack of local production was always low. Finally, the Russian market Seat left in 2014, its return is not planned.