Today is an important day for SEAT. Today sees the presentation of the generational change of what has been its star product, the SEAT León, for more than twenty years. Twenty years in which we’ve seen SEAT develop a product range in which the focus was increasingly on SUVs, on models like the Arona, Ateca and Tarraco.
In any case, those at Martorell are aware that the SEAT León continues to be their most important product, their flagship, and the best reflection of what is to come for the brand in the coming years. Before us is a SEAT León with a modern design, completely revised, and at the forefront of technology, bringing together the best of SEAT, and the Volkswagen Group, at the service of its mechanics, its connectivity and its driving aids. Below we will tell you everything you need to know about the new SEAT León in 7 keys
1. A modern look for the SEAT León
There’s little doubt that SEAT wanted to put all its weight behind the design of a new SEAT León which, far from continuing to be a mere continuation of the past, has opted for a completely new look. SEAT has retained such personal details from its predecessor as the sharp edges at waist level, or the design of the rear pillar, which is very wide at the bottom, integrating it with the lateral glass line.
The Leon emblem is also drawn on the rear, with a new, cursive typeface, and we can’t get around the fact that the accent has been omitted. The most innovative details are found at the front, with a double trapeze grille and sharper headlights, as well as at the rear, which also has a very characteristic identity, a line of tail lights that extends across the entire gate.
Details that, although we had already seen in the SEAT Tarraco, stand out even more in a compact such as the SEAT León, and confirm that this is how the personality of the new generation of SEAT products will be drawn in the coming years.
Beyond its aesthetics, which we understand to be very personal, let’s take a look at the rest of the new SEAT León to understand why we’re taking a big step forward for the Spanish brand.
2. SEAT León compact and family car, or Sportstourer
The SEAT León, of course, will continue to be marketed with a compact five-door body, which is already 4,368 millimetres long (+86 mm), narrower at 1,800 mm (-16 mm) and lower at 1,456 mm (-3 mm). The wheelbase has increased by 50 mm.
There will also be a SEAT León Sportstourer, maintaining a body that has performed well commercially in the last generation. The Sportstourer is 4,642 mm long (+93 mm compared to the previous generation), 1,800 mm wide (-16 mm) and 1,448 mm high (-3 mm). The wheelbase has also increased by 50 mm.
In terms of load capacity, the cargo volume of the SEAT León Compact remains at 380 litres (as with its predecessor) and grows slightly in the Sportstourer to 617 litres (+30 litres)
3. SEAT León: technological inside and out
We boarded the SEAT León to find an interior that is more technological than ever, dominated by screens and touch surfaces and dispensing, as far as possible, with physical buttons. As a result, we have digital instrumentation (SEAT Digital Cockpit)
With a 10.25″ screen, an entertainment system that already has an 8.25″ screen as standard and will optionally be available with up to a 10″ screen and Retina technology, as well as gesture controls, and very few buttons, beyond a few touch shortcuts to the entertainment system options just below the screen.
SEAT ensures that connectivity has been one of the priorities in this SEAT León. We’re talking about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but above all an entertainment system designed to be permanently connected and thus enjoy a multitude of services in the cloud. By means of an integrated SIM (eSIM format) the SEAT León will offer connected services, such as traffic information, parking, and gas stations, in real time, internet radio services, and remote control from our mobile phone, through the
SEAT Connect, of some of the car’s functions (opening and closing doors, anti-theft alerts, managing and programming the charge of the plug-in hybrid, turning on and programming the climate control system…) Connected services that will undoubtedly increase over the life of the car, as SEAT assures.