2013 Seat Leon news, pictures, and information
The availability of full-LED headlamps for the new, third generation Leon is a pioneering move by SEAT - a first in the family hatchback class. This technology combines striking design wîth exceptional illumination.
'The new Leon condenses all the strengths of the SEAT brand more than ever before. It is a car wîth sporting character and wide-ranging strengths. It brings quality and technologies from the full-size class into the compact §egmènt. The Leon is a decisive step in SEAT's brand and growth strategy. It will be launched towards the end of this year as a five-door and will subsequently grow wîth further variants into a fully-fledged family,' said James Muir, President of SEAT S.A.
'With the all-new Leon, we have designed and developed a car which perfectly captures the meaning of 'Enjoyneering'. This compelling mix of design, technology, athletic performance and premium quality is certain to seduce existing customers, as well as bringing a new generation of car-buyers to the brand,' he added.
The new SEAT Leon is compelling for its excellent practicality. It combines a more compact exterior wîth a more spacious interior. The premium materials and the level of craftsmanship place the SEAT Leon squarely at the forefront of the competitive field.
Every power unit is among best-in-class for efficiency and emissions, wîth the highlight being the 1.6 TDI wîth start/stop. It has an average fuel consumption of just 74.3 mpg and a CO2 figure of just 99 g/km.
'The new Leon is an all-new car and opens a new chapter for SEAT. It combines SEAT's dynamic new design language wîth the latest technology. Fine details and precise design, especially in the interior, reflect the high standard of craftsmanship of the new Leon,' explains Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice-President of Research and Development for SEAT S.A.
Dr. Rabe added: 'Built on the Volkswagen Group's MQB shared architecture which benefits from systematic lightweight design, the new SEAT Leon offers an impressive performance, wîth low C02 emissions and fuel consumption. In summary, the new Leon provides emotional driving fun, excellent efficiency, a stunning design and a high degree of utility.'
Design: simply stunning'Thanks to its dynamic and assured character, the new SEAT Leon inspires a self-confident stance. It has a decisive look,' says Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design. 'It keeps a high degree of formal beauty and sportiness.'
He adds: 'It has extremely well proportioned volumes, wîth a slight shift of the visual weight of the cabin over the rear wheels, while keeping a very fluid transition between the front wing and the cabin. The surfaces have been severely sculpted all around in order to increase its tri-dimensional appeal, thanks to the effects of light and shadow. Its character lines show pure assertiveness, like for instance the outer shape of the headlamps and tail lamps. All in all, I strongly believe that the new Leon is full of character.'
At 4.26 metres long, the new SEAT Leon is around five centimetres shorter than its predecessor, yet the wheelbase is up by almost six centimetres. This clever packaging enables short overhangs and enhances the strong visual presence of the wheels, while giving practical benefits such as improved interior space, particularly for rear seat passengers, as well as in the luggage compartment.
The angular line of the headlamps is a typical feature of the new SEAT design language, while also being perfectly integrated into the Leon's sculptural form. Full-LED lights are available for the first time in the compact class. The new headlamps give an unmistakable look to the front end of the SEAT Leon. Additionally, the new Leon now has a distinctive signature appearance thanks to the fitment of LED daytime running lights.
From the side, the new SEAT Leon looks like a precisely executed sculpture on wheels. The characteristic, unbroken 'Línea Dinámica' runs rearwards over the wheel arches. It is reminiscent of the tension of a well-trained muscle. The trapezoidal C-pillars are characteristic to the Leon, as are the short, upwards-pointing third windows.
The rear end of the new SEAT Leon has been intensively modelled; the large logo serves as an opener for the rear hatch. The slightly wedge-shaped rear light clusters highlight the car's width and are also available in LED technology.
The interior: comfortable and premium
The elegant exterior design of the new Leon continues into the interior, which has a clear, light and uncluttered look. The dashboard is unconventional and elegant, wîth a two-tone design that makes it appear to float in mid-air. Fine details underscore the SEAT Leon's high standard of craftsmanship - details such as the large air vents, the controls for the air conditioning and the three-dimensional form of the trim elements. The luggage compartment has a volume of 380 litres, around 40 litres more than the preceding model.
Describing the interior, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design, said: 'We set ourselves the objective of developing an interior which would give an expressive, elegant and welcoming ambience. The quality of the material, the fit and finish and the attention to details is at least as good as you can find in the §egmènt above.'
'The design of the dashboard respects our new interior philosophy, wîth a strong driver orientation. This enhances the ergonomics while giving the design an attractive, sporty feeling. The whole has been designed so the new Leon and its driver feel as one.'
The body shell: lightweight and solid
The new SEAT Leon uses a new vehicle architecture that enabled development engineers to position the front axle 40 millimetres further forward. The results are a longer wheelbase and a balanced distribution of axle load - factors that significantly benefit comfort and sporty handling.
Thanks to advanced construction techniques and the use of lightweight materials in the body's manufacture, the overall weight has been reduced by 90 kilograms compared wîth the previous version.
Drive: powerful and efficient
The new SEAT Leon will be powered by a series of powerful and fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engines, ranging from 1.2- to 2.0 litres. All engines feature direct injection and turbocharging, and have been engineered for low internal friction and fast warm-up. Compared wîth their respective predecessors, their fuel consumption is down by up to 22 percent.
The 1.6 TDI generates 105 PS (104 bhp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.ft) of torque. In the Ecomotive version wîth start/stop system and brake energy recuperation, it returns an astonishing 74.3 mpg on average, equating to just 99 g/km CO2. The extensively re-engineered 2.0 TDI returns a hugely impressive 70.6 mpg in the Ecomotive version, yet develops 150 PS (148 bhp) and 320 Nm (236 lb.ft) of torque. It is a powerful driving force for the SEAT Leon.
SEAT will rapidly expand the engine line-up. Early 2013 will see the arrival of the 1.2 TSI in two versions wîth 86 PS (85 bhp) and 105 PS (104bhp); a 1.4 TSI wîth 122 PS (120 bhp); and at the top of the petrol range, a 1.8 TSI wîth 180 PS (178 bhp) and a combination of direct and manifold injection. The diesel line-up will be augmented by the 1.6 TDI wîth 90 PS (89 bhp) and a powerful, range-topping 2.0 TDI wîth 184 PS (181 bhp). It delivers a maximum torque swell of 380 Nm (280 lb.ft).
Depending on the engine, transmission options range from five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or the renowned six- and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearboxes.
The chassis: dynamics wîth comfort
The chassis of the new SEAT Leon scores high for its sporty and agile character. Its front suspension features a MacPherson front axle wîth sub-frame, while the rear uses torsion beam suspension for engines up to 150 PS (148 bhp). More powerful variants use a multi-link construction that handles longitudinal and transverse loads discretely.
The new SEAT Drive Profile for the Leon FR allows the driver to vary the characteristics of the power §teering, throttle control and engine sound (FR versions only) via a sound actuator using three modes: eco, comfort and sport. There is also a facility to tailor the settings according to the driver's preference. The interior ambient LED lighting changes according to the selected setting: white in eco and comfort modes, and red in sport.
Infotainment: modern and flexible
In the new Leon, SEAT offers a full range of up-to-date infotainment solutions. The basis is formed by the Easy Connect operating system, which controls the SEAT Sound System entertainment and communication functions, as well as a wide array of vehicle functions, via a touch-sensitive screen in the cockpit.
The entry level is the Media System Touch in the Reference line, which includes a CD radio wîth an SD card slot, four speakers and a five-inch touch screen. Style and FR come wîth the Media System Colour featuring more in-screen colours and higher quality, wîth a CD drive and six speakers as standard (eight speakers in the FR). It connects external devices via Bluetooth, ÚSB or aux-in. Its five-inch colour touch screen also controls vehicle functions.
The Media System Plus systems has a 5.8-inch touch screen wîth three-dimensional graphics in high definition, iPod connectivity, an optional DAB tuner, and voice recognition. The system comes wîth eight speakers. This system incorporates the navigation system, which also shows navigation information in the colour display between the speedometer and rev counter and can be controlled by voice recognition. The SEAT Sound System has a clear, crisp sound reproduction thanks to its 10-speaker and sub-woofer set-up.
Driver assistance systems: groundbreaking
The new SEAT Leon sets benchmarks when it comes to the available driver assistance systems. The drowsiness detection feature recognizes when the driver is losing concentration and suggests taking a break. Additionally, an advanced camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror manages both the Full Beam Assistant, which switches automatically between full and dipped beam, and the 'Heading Control' lane-keeping assistant, which makes slight corrections to the electro-mechanical power §teering to prevent the driver from crossing over lane markings.
New SEAT logo
Another all-new element of the SEAT Leon is the logo on its grille, rear and §teering wheel. The SEAT Leon will be the first car to wear the company's newly refreshed badge.
Sporting a cleaner, purer design, the new SEAT logo represents the precision and elegance of the brand's design language, while also reflecting the company's engineering and quality leadership. The introduction of the new SEAT logo across all of the company's visual material and locations will begin from 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.
The new SEAT Leon – the car for the heart and the headSEAT is entering a new era: The new Leon is a simply stunning car – wîth its unique, emotional design, wîth its dynamic sporting character, wîth its compelling package of innovative technologies and wîth its refined quality and premium elegance.
The third generation of the Leon is an all-new car developed from the ground up. Its predecessors stood for driving fun and outstanding functionality – a tradition that the new SEAT Leon will most certainly continue. Like its predecessor, the new SEAT Leon is also built at the Martorell factory near Barcelona in Spain. Since the premiere of the first-generation Leon in 1999, SEAT has sold 1.2 million vehicles from this highly successful range.
The new SEAT Leon is a strong and emotional personality – it is the most beautiful way to drive a functional car. The five-door is packed full of high-end technologies – in its infotainment, its assistance systems, its running gear and its drive. The engines combine effortless performance wîth exemplary efficiency.
Every single power unit, all of them state-of-the-art TDI and TSI engines, are the best in their class in fuel consumption and emissions. The highlight is the Leon 1.6 TDI wîth start/stop system – its average fuel consumption is just 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres, equating to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The inclusion of optional full-LED headlamps is a truly pioneering move by SEAT. Setting the pace by example, the new Leon makes this technology available in the compact §egmènt for the very first time. The full-LED headlamps combine sleek design wîth outstanding illumination. Light-emitting diodes consume very little energy and are extremely long lasting. The colour temperature of 5,500 Kelvin places their light very close to daylight thus placing less strain on the eyes.
'The new Leon epitomises the SEAT brand, combining outstanding engineering wîth striking design,' says James Muir, President, SEAT S.A. 'The new Leon is the cornerstone of our product offensive and for the first time in its history, Leon will expand to include a total of three different body styles.'
The new SEAT Leon also offers a compelling level of functionality. Within its compact dimensions it offers more usable interior space than the previous model, while the premium materials and perfect workmanship put the Leon at the forefront of the competitive field. The modern touchscreen infotainment systems mean that it is already well prepared to face the future.
It low kerb weight is one of the SEAT Leon's greatest strengths; compared wîth the previous model, it has been reduced by up to 90 kilograms. In its base version, the new Leon weighs in at just 1,113 kilograms.
'The all-new LEON expresses SEAT's new design language in every facet. Even standing still, it looks like it is moving fast. It combines striking design, benchmark quality and outstanding engineering.
The interior design and craftsmanship of the new Leon is a revolution for SEAT. Every single detail of the interior has been driven by our passion for excellence.,,' states Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of Research and Development for SEAT S.A. 'Thanks to the MQB platform, the car has improved proportions wîth reduced overhangs, a wider track and longer wheelbase. The net result is more interior and boot space.'
He added: 'Through the use of high strength steel and lightweight design in its construction, we achieved a weight saving of 90 kg – but we also succeeded in increasing body stiffness by 15%.'
The Design – simply stunningThe new SEAT Leon is a highly emotional automobile that cuts a fine figure from the very first glance. Inspired by the IBE, IBL and IBX concept vehicles, the new SEAT Leon brings more excitement to the road. The all-new car looks simply stunning from every angle, wîth an enormously appealing, sporty aesthetic.
The new Leon marks the careful development of the SEAT design identity; the execution of clear lines and taut surfaces displays vitality and precision. Even the tiniest detail expresses the high standards and the quality applied to the design and development of the new SEAT Leon – standards met by very few vehicle manufacturers. Clear, minimalistic design and precision build quality are among SEAT's core values. These are also clear for all to see in the new SEAT logo. The new Leon is the first SEAT to bear the brand's new logo; on the front end, wheels, rear end and §teering wheel.
The new SEAT Leon is extremely well proportioned. The visual weight of the passenger cell has been shifted slightly over the rear wheels, wîth a very smooth transition from the front wing to the passenger cell. All of the surfaces have a strong sculptural appeal that reinforces the effects of light and shade and adds to the three-dimensional effect.
Viewed from the side, the surfaces of the new SEAT Leon are honed and precisely modelled. The characteristic, interrupted 'Línea Dinámica' stretches rearwards over the wheel arches – straining under tension like a well-trained muscle. Characteristic for the Leon are the trapezoidal C-pillar and the short third window reaching up towards the rear.
The rear end of the new SEAT Leon is modelled crisply and features a large, new SEAT logo that serves to open the rear hatch. The slightly wedge-shaped rear lights underscore the breadth of the car and are also available as an option using LED technology (standard in FR trim). The Leon FR further emphasises its sporty character wîth a distinctive diffuser insert and two large, chromed end pipes.
At 4.24 metres, the new SEAT Leon is around five centimetres shorter than its predecessor, yet the wheelbase has grown by almost six centimetres. This improves its overall proportions and posture on the road, allowing short overhangs as well as enhancing the car's stance on its wheels. Despite its shorter length, its clever packaging means that interior space – both in the cabin and in the trunk are improved.
Typical of the new SEAT design language is the angular line of the lights, which are perfectly integrated into the Leon's sculptural form. For the first time in the compact class, full-LED lights are available. The LED headlamps illuminate the road ahead wîth a light that exerts virtually no strain on the eyes, while intelligent sensors avoid dazzling oncoming traffic. The new high-end headlamps are maintenance free and lend the Leon's face an unmistakable look, especially due to their distinctive LED daytime running lights.
'Its dynamic and powerful character gives the new SEAT Leon a self-confident stance and a look of firm determination,' says Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design. 'Its character lines represent pure assertiveness – wîth the same going for the unmistakable form of the LED lights front and rear.'
The Interior – premium, spacious and flexible
The sporty and athletic design of the SEAT Leon's exterior continues into the interior. The select materials have an exceptionally premium look and feel – everything is clear, light and uncluttered. Because the wheelbase is 58 millimetres longer than that of the previous model, the new SEAT Leon offers even more space for driver, passengers and luggage.
Some versions of the new SEAT Leon are equipped wîth premium ambient lighting. In the FR version, LEDs mounted in the door panel enhance the contours of the interior design, adding even more style and elegance to the cabin. As well as providing occupants wîth improved orientation, the ambient lighting also creates an even more pleasant feeling of space.
From the outset of the project, SEAT's designers and engineers paid particularly close attention to the expectations of customers in the Leon's §egmènt. Recognising that the promise of the Leon's exterior design had to be continued inside, the design and, in particular, the choice of materials and the overall fit and finish of the interior were considered high priorities.
The overall ambience that greets the driver and front seat passenger is of a simple, harmonious design that is uncomplicated and minimalist.
The key feature is the broad centre console, arranged wîth a clear orientation towards the driver. The instrument panel is elegant, wîth its two-tone design making it seem almost to float. Fine details highlight the very high level of workmanship in the new SEAT Leon – such as the large air vents, the easy-to-understand air conditioning controls and the three-dimensional trim elements. All surfaces have a soft-touch finish for a satisfying tactile experience. In some versions, the premium feel is further enhanced through fine chrome and leather applications.
'The cockpit design adheres to our new interior philosophy wîth a strong focus on the driver. This is good for ergonomics and creates a sporty feel. The driver should feel as if he is at one wîth his Leon,' says Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design. 'We set ourselves the objective of creating an expressive, elegant and inviting interior. The quality of the materials, the precision finish and the attention to detail are on a par wîth higher vehicle classes.'
All the switches, buttons and controls in the new SEAT Leon are located exactly where the driver would expect them to be. The large instrument dials are easy to read and the driver information system is standard equipment in many versions. Multi-function controls are available for the finely executed §teering wheel, which sports the new SEAT logo at its centre.
The display for the on-board computer is located between the two analogue instrument dials, directly in the driver's line of sight and provides information on average fuel consumption, range and speed. Depending on the model version, it also shows data from the navigation system, the driver assistance systems and a mobile phone connected via Bluetooth.
All information and entertainment systems have been designed and developed completely from scratch. The new SEAT Leon introduces the first touchscreen generation to incorporate a proximity sensor (5.8-inch screen).
In designing the new SEAT Leon, functionality and flexibility were both given a high priority. There are no less than a dozen stowage facilities and five closed storage bins in the doors and centre console, as well as in front of and between the front seats. It is always easy to find a place for those small things that are a necessary part of everyday life.
The front stowage compartment in the centre console offers plenty of space for quick and easy stowage of keys, mobile phone and other everyday items. This is also the place to find the optional points for connecting multimedia devices (via aux-in, ÚSB, SD and an iPod cable) to the vehicle network.
The newly developed seats are low-slung and sporty. Height adjustability comes as standard and they are extremely comfortable for people of all statures. They provide the best possible grip during dynamic driving and are very comfortable over long distances. These characteristics were achieved by ergonomic shaping of the foam contours, as well as further improvements to the spring and damping characteristics of the cold-foam cushions. A large selection of premium fabrics, leather and Alcantara provide upholstery to suit every individual preference.
Weight was saved during the development of the standard-fit driver and passenger side airbags, which are now installed without plastic housings. Instead, the folded airbags are now integrated into the seat backs. The weight saving of 25 percent is paired wîth a significant improvement in protection.
Reference (for fleet customers) and Style grades come wîth optional lumbar support for the driver. Driver seat height adjustment is standard on all trims, and passenger seat height adjustment is optional in Reference and standard in Style. All these additional long-distance comfort features are standard equipment for the FR.
The second-row seats and luggage compartment
In the rear of the new SEAT Leon, too, shoulder, knee and head room are extremely generous. The comfortable rear bench is equipped wîth three head restraints. In the interests of the very youngest passengers, standard equipment includes Isofix and Top Tether anchors for child seats. Thanks to systematic lightweight design, the rear bench back rest is approximately 15 percent lighter than in the previous model – without any sacrifice in comfort.
The luggage compartment of the new SEAT Leon has a capacity of 380 litres, which is exactly 39 litres more than in the previous model.
The rear bench back rest is extremely straightforward to fold forward – and comes wîth a 60:40 split as of the Reference line. Once folded forward, the load floor is almost completely flat and measures 1,558 millimetres in length.
The Bodyshell – lightweight and solid
Its low kerb weight is one of the great strength of the new SEAT Leon; compared wîth the preceding model, it is down by 90 kilograms. In its base version, the new Leon weighs just 1,113 kilograms.
High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels
A bodyshell that offers optimum safety and the best possible comfort has to be solid. An intelligent structure guarantees that the vehicle remains lightweight and efficient. Lightweight solidity – SEAT set itself this challenge and equipped the new Leon wîth an utterly state-of-the-art body-in-white. With an eye on optimum value for money, costly materials like magnesium and carbon fibre were avoided – instead, the bodyshell features a high proportion of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels. The hot-formed hi-tech steels alone reduce weight by 18 kilograms, while ensuring increased passenger cell stiffness.
The excellent bodyshell stiffness lays the groundwork for the high production quality, for the precise handling and for the quiet passenger cabin, virtually undisturbed by unpleasant frequencies. Thanks to careful insulation, the interior of the new SEAT Leon is as quiet as that of a car from the next class up. Its aerodynamic refinements include the underbody cladding and the airflow through the engine bay.
In total, the body-in-white of the new Leon is lighter by 25 kilograms. Systematic lightweight design extends across every one of the vehicle's sub-assemblies – many parts in the engines, running gear and interior also contribute to weight reduction.
The Drive – powerful and efficient
SEAT sends the new Leon into battle wîth powerful and fuel-efficient TDI and TSI power units ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 litres displacement. All engines feature direct injection wîth turbocharging and have been optimised for low internal friction and rapid warm-up. Sporty power and ground-breaking efficiency are what set the new engine generation in the SEAT Leon apart. Compared wîth their respective predecessors, fuel consumption is down by up to 22 percent.
For the first time, all engines offered at market launch are available wîth a start/stop system – the 1.6 TDI wîth 77 kW (105 PS), the 2.0 TDI wîth 110 kW (150 PS) and the 1.4 TSI wîth both 90 kW (122 PS) and 103kW (140PS).
Start/stop and recuperation system
All the engines in the new SEAT Leon use the latest efficiency technologies. The start/stop system deactivates the engine when the car is at a standstill wîth the gearstick in neutral and the clutch disengaged. On re-engaging gear, a more powerful starter motor restarts the engine – quietly, smoothly and quickly. The start/stop system, which can be deactivated by the driver at any time, also works perfectly wîth the DSG transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Thanks to a very powerful battery wîth an excellent cycle life, the system remains active even under extremely cold winter conditions. The start/stop system saves up to four percent of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The recuperation system, a further efficiency measure in the new SEAT Leon, uses intelligent voltage regulation in the alternator to recover energy under braking and trailing throttle conditions. This is temporarily stored in the battery, flowing back into the vehicle electric system when the car subsequently accelerates. This takes the load off the alternator by enabling it to run from time-to-time on a lower voltage or to be switched off entirely. It draws less power from the engine, resulting in lower fuel consumption.
When it comes to transferring power to the wheels, the transmissions on offer vary in accordance wîth the engine and range from a five or six-speed manual to the compact and lightweight dual-clutch gearbox. It changes its six or seven gears in a matter of milliseconds and is incredibly efficient. Certain variants come wîth a freewheeling function, which reduces real-life fuel consumption even further.
The TDI engines
The 1.6 TDI available at market launch wîth 77 kW (105 PS) generates 250 Nm of torque from a displacement of 1,598 cm3. In the version wîth the start/stop and recuperation system, it consumes just 3.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres in the NEDC, which equates to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The 2.0 TDI equipped wîth the start/stop consumes an average of just 4.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. With 110 kW (150 PS) and 320 Nm of torque, the TDI engine wîth a displacement of 1,968 cm3 provides the new SEAT Leon wîth ample propulsion.
In early 2013, the diesel range will be further enhanced by the 1.6 TDI wîth 66 kW (90 PS) and 230 Nm of torque. It will consume 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres and emit 108 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The highlight of the TDI range will be a 2.0-litre unit, producing 184PS and 380Nm, that will join the range later in 2013.
Chassis – performance wîth comfort
The running gear of the new SEAT Leon has a sporty and agile character. The suspension smoothes out all manner of surface defects, while the §teering conveys refined, calm directionality wîth a fine degree of feedback.
The new SEAT Leon uses an all-new vehicle architecture that has been developed from scratch. Its engines are all angled at 12 degrees to the rear. This and the compact engine layout enabled engineers to move the front axle forward by 40 millimetres. The results are a longer wheelbase and a well-balanced distribution of axle load - factors that have a major impact on the comfort and sporty handling of the new SEAT Leon.
At the front are MacPherson struts on a subframe. The compact five-door responds quickly and precisely to §teering input, mastering all manner of bends and corners wîth relaxed stability. The ratio of the new speed-sensitive electromechanical power §teering is sporty and direct. It makes a significant contribution to the efficiency of the new Leon because it consumes no energy during straight-line driving. The turning circle measures just 10.2 metres.
On engine versions up to 110 kW (150 PS), the rear of the new SEAT Leon is equipped wîth a twist-beam axle suspension. The more powerful variants use a multi-link set-up that handles longitudinal and transverse forces independently from one another. Shock absorbers and coil springs are mounted separately to deliver a particularly refined response. An electronic transverse differential lock applies tiny braking impulses to the lighter inside front wheel to make handling at the cornering limits safer and even more fluid. The ESP electronic stability program has been perfectly adapted, while the braking system on the new SEAT Leon is also a match for even the toughest conditions.
The SEAT Drive Profile
The character of the new Leon FR can be individualised to suit both mood and situation: The SEAT Drive Profile enables the driver to vary the characteristics of the power §teering, engine response and DSG transmission in three modes – eco, comfort and sport, plus an additional individual setting. The SEAT Drive Profile in the Leon FR will also influence the engine sound (1.8 TSI 180PS and 2.0 TDI 184PS engines only), which is modulated via a sound actuator, as well as the interior ambient lighting – depending on driving style, the door-mounted LEDs switch between white (comfort, eco and individual) and red (sport).
The Technologies – ground-breaking and practical
Packed into the new SEAT Leon are a whole host of innovations. It combines dynamic design wîth state-of-the-art technologies. The optional full-LED headlamps are a true first in the compact class, while the up-to-the-minute operating system SEAT Easy Connect works wîth a touchscreen measuring up to 5.8 inches.
The full-LED headlamps
The SEAT Leon makes innovative, full-LED headlights available in the compact class for the very first time. Alongside their distinctive design, LED headlamps have numerous other benefits. For example, they illuminate the road ahead wîth a colour temperature of 5,500 Kelvin. Because this is very close to daylight, it is extremely gentle on the eyes. And, when it comes to efficiency, the LEDs emit their light wîth minimal energy consumption – dipped beam, for instance, consumes just 20 watts per unit.
The distinctive contour of the positioning and daytime running lights on the new SEAT Leon is created by two white LEDs per unit, their light channelled to create the distinctive light signature. Nine yellow LEDs on each side create the indicator lights, which are also integrated into the headlamps units. Each dipped beam is made up of six modules. When full beam is switched on, an additional three powerful spot modules are activated on each side, while the dipped beam is raised to match. Intelligent sensors ensure that oncoming traffic is not dazzled. In addition to all this, the new full-LED headlamps are completely maintenance free and designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.
Within the functionality of the full-LEDs, the angle of the beam is raised when the car has been travelling above 110km/h for more than 30 seconds, giving improved visibility over a longer distance, but without disturbing the view of oncoming traffic.
SEAT Easy Connect – modern and flexible
SEAT is offering a wide selection of state-of-the-art infotainment solutions in the new Leon. The foundation for this is the SEAT Easy Connect operating system, which enables the control of entertainment and communication functions, in addition to numerous vehicle functions, via a cockpit touchscreen. Measuring up to 5.8 inches, the touchscreen and its associated buttons and rotary controls are located centrally in a convenient position between the central air vents. It is easy to read and to reach for both driver and front seat passenger.
For the first time, SEAT is using a touch-sensitive screen wîth proximity sensor (5.8-inch screen). As soon as the driver's or passenger's finger approaches the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display to operating mode. In operating mode, the elements that can be activated via the touchscreen are brought to the fore, making intuitive use (smartphone-style swipe and zoom gestures) even easier. The display mode, on the other hand, is distinguished by its extremely clear and uncluttered presentation. The graphics of both modes are a perfect match for the sporty aesthetic of the SEAT design.
Media System Touch (5-inch): The entry level is the Media System Touch wîth a 5-inch touchscreen, radio wîth SD-card slot and four speakers. External devices for playing individual playlists can be connected via ÚSB or aux-in points. Arranged evenly on the left and right of the touchscreen are six buttons that activate the functions 'Radio', 'Media', 'Car', 'Setup', 'Sound' and 'Mute'. The Media System Touch is standard equipment wîth the Reference equipment line.
Media System Colour (5-inch): In the Style and FR, the Media System Colour wîth SD Card reader and CD drive (MP3 capable) and six speakers is part of the standard equipment. It connects to external devices via Bluetooth, ÚSB or aux-in. Its colour, 5-inch touchscreen also serves to control vehicle functions.
Media System Plus (5.8-inch): The Media System Plus comes wîth a 5.8-inch touchscreen wîth three-dimensional graphics, as well as an optional DAB tuner for digital radio reception and voice control. The system delivers sound to six or eight speakers. Evenly arranged to the left and right of the touchscreen are eight buttons. In addition to those provided wîth the 5-inch systems and depending on equipment, they provide access to the functions 'Phone' and 'Voice'. The SD card, ÚSB and iPod connector can be found in the glovebox, while the screen provides high definition and a large palette of colours.
Navi System (5.8-inch): The top solution is the same as Media System Plus, but also incorporates a voice activitated navigation system. Route guidance information is also displayed on the colour screen between the speedometer and rev counter, directly in the driver's line of sight.
The SEAT sound system
The optional SEAT sound system wîth 135 watt output and ten speakers offers a clear and powerful sound at all five seats. A large proportion of this impressive listening experience is attributable to the centre speaker integrated into the dashboard and the large 35-watt subwoofer in the boot.
One example of the many lightweight design initiatives is the all-new air conditioning. With its highly efficient cold circulation system and quiet operation, it sets the benchmark in efficiency and comfort. Ideal air distribution was as much the focus of development work as was fast and even windscreen de-icing in frosty temperatures.
The significant weight saving of 2.7 kilograms was achieved via optimised design and packaging.
The Driver Assistance Systems – groundbreaking
The designers of the new SEAT Leon successfully achieved a notable increase in comfort and safety despite the reduction in kerb weight of up to 90 kilograms, wîth a portfolio of groundbreaking driver assistance systems.
Drowsiness detection: The system analyses the driver's characteristic §teering input and continuously evaluates permanent signals like §teering angle or §teering speed. The drowsiness detection system registers when the driver's concentration is failing and emits an acoustic warning signal supplemented by a display symbol that recommends taking a break. Should the driver elect not to take a break within the subsequent 15 minutes, the warning is repeated. Independently of this, the activated system advises the driver to take a break after four hours of uninterrupted driving.
Full Beam Assist: A camera system integrated into the base of the rear view mirror controls the Full Beam Assist (upwards of 60 km/h), switching automatically between full and dipped beam. It identifies oncoming traffic and vehicles driving in front, as well as illuminated residential areas, thus ensuring that other road users are not dazzled.
Lane-keeping assistant (Heading Control): The camera-based lane-keeping assistant Heading Control makes slight adjustments to the electromechanical §teering before the driver deviates from course and crosses a lane marking.
'With the new Leon, we are confident that we have a car that will meet both the rational and emotional needs of our customers. This irresistible combination of design, technology, athletic performance and premium quality will captivate our existing, loyal Leon customers, as well as drawing a whole new generation of fans to SEAT for the first time,' says James Muir, President, SEAT S.A.
The Equipment – stylish and individual
The new SEAT Leon will be available for sale on the European market in 2012 – wîth highly competitive pricing and extensive equipment. The four equipment lines on offer are Leon, Reference, Style and FR.
Furthermore, the new SEAT Leon also comes wîth a wide range of safety, comfort and sport options. They include full-LED headlamps, front seat arm rests, electric sun roof, automatically dimming rear view mirror, light and rain sensor, the SEAT sound system and the navigation system to name but a few.
Seven airbags are part of the standard equipment package on all versions of the SEAT Leon. In addition to that are power windows up front, an on-board computer wîth external temperature display, remote central locking, a height-adjustable driver's seat and Isofix and Top-Tether anchor points in the rear for child seats. The grille is framed in chrome, while the door handles and wing mirrors are painted in body colour. The entry-level Leon stands on 15-inch wheels.
The Leon Reference comes wîth several extra comfort features. The extensive standard equipment is complemented by an air conditioning system wîth manual controls, the Media System Touch and the rear bench back rest wîth a 60:40 split.
The Leon Style offers compelling value for money. It comes wîth 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, the Media System Colour wîth six speakers and mobile phone connection via Bluetooth. The multi-function §teering wheel is clad in leather and the wing mirrors are heated. The centre console incorporates an arm rest wîth storage bin, as well as a separate air vent for rear-seat passengers. In terms of interior trims, there are three options: black, black and grey or beige, as well as a choice of three leather trims: black, black and grey or beige, plus an Alcantara trim.
Sporty SEAT variants traditionally bear the FR badge. The Leon FR is recognisable through its 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, cornering lights, sporty bumpers, FR suspension, tinted rear windows, folding wing mirrors and LED rear lights. Inside, it offers aluminium entry sills, a leather-clad sports §teering wheel, sports seats wîth lumbar support, ambient lighting, Climatronic and power windows in the rear. Úsing the SEAT Drive Profile, the driver can adapt the vehicle settings to suit the driving conditions. The fine sound of the Media System Colour is delivered through eight speakers and the interior trim options consist of black leather or Alcantara.Source - Seat
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