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Leon Emoción, and cool new Leon Cupra colours

Expanded model range and new colour options for SEAT’s sexy five-door

  • New, generously-equipped Leon models underscore SEAT’s sporty, value-led appeal
  • Leon Emoción is new for model year 2009 and making its show debut in London
  • Choice of willing yet frugal petrol or diesel powerplants
  • Equipment highlights include 16” alloys and steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Range-topping Leon Cupra to get bold new palette of high fashion paint colours
  • Speed Blue available on SEAT’s 240 PS hot hatch for the first time
  • More bespoke colours to debut later in the year

New for SEAT’s recently-announced model year 2009 comes the Leon Emoción, a keenly-priced creation permanent addition to the range that’s based on the entry-level Leon Reference but boasts subtle styling and equipment upgrades designed to lift it comfortably above the crowd.

Powered by either a slick 1.6-litre, 102 PS petrol or frugal 1.9-litre 105 PS TDI diesel, the new Emoción model adds sporty 16” ‘Badia’ alloy wheels and front fog lights, plus the convenience and safety boost which springs from steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

The newcomer costs from just £13,250 RRP (for the 1.6 petrol) rising to £14,350 RRP for the 1.9 TDI.

Alternatively, Leon buyers after an even more exhilarating motoring experience can now consider the appeal of the new Leon Sport.  Powered by either SEAT’s new, state-of-the-art 125 PS 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine or frugal yet fiery 140 PS 2.0-litre TDI, the Stylance-based Sport offers air conditioning, 17” ‘Aquila’ alloys, grippy sports seats and dynamic sports suspension among its unique selling points.

Capable of hustling from 0 to 62 mph in a crisp 9.3 seconds (2.0 TDI) or 9.8 seconds (1.4 TSI), and offering up to 50.4 mpg on the combined cycle (2.0 TDI) the new Leon Sport firmly ticks the box marked ‘environmentally responsible’ courtesy of official CO2 emissions set at just 147 g/km (2.0 TDI) or a modest 155 g/km for the new 1.4 TSI petrol engine.

The price?  £14,795 RRP for the 1.4 TSI Sport, £16,995 RRP for the 2.0 TDI Sport, and £17,995 RRP for the 2.0 TDI Sport with ultra quick-shifting DSG auto/sequential manual gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual.

At the very top of the Leon family tree sits the undisputed king of auto emoción, the SEAT Leon Cupra.  Already renowned for its grace and pace, the fire-breathing Spaniard is soon to become available in a variety of bold new colours.

The UK’s first Speed Blue Leon Cupra is turning heads at ExCeL, while other similarly striking hues are lined up for introduction later in the year.  At the same time, precise pricing will be confirmed for the bespoke exterior colour options.

SEAT Altea family – Altea, Altea XL and Altea Freetrack 4

An Altea for every occasion

  • Altea is a compact MPV with a twist – offering not only more sporty styling than the competition but also a genuinely involving drive and, in the FR, the promise of performance potent enough to catch more than the odd hot hatch driver off guard
  • Created by Walter de’Silva and his team at SEAT’s impressive Technical Centre, Altea became the first model of the new SEAT generation, with the now trademark ‘Dynamic Line’ clearly visible from the side
  • FR is the most overtly sporty Altea, available with a choice of 200 PS petrol or 170 PS diesel engines for genuine high performance
  • Simple line-up consists of Reference, Reference Sport, Stylance and FR
  • XL is longer, more estate-like version of standard Altea, with extra luggage capacity
  • Targeted very much at families, with more space than other cars in its sector
  • Combines stylish SEAT design with huge practicality and keen driving dynamics
  • Same appearance as Altea up to the B-pillars, with revised rear section including attractive split tail lights.  Roof rails are fitted as standard
  • Inside, modifications include 2cm greater range of movement of the sliding rear seat, for even more generous leg room
  • Increased in length by 18.7 cm compared with Altea
  • Standard boot capacity of Altea XL is 532 litres as opposed to already generous 409 litres offered by Altea.  With Altea XL’s rear seats moved forwards by 14 cm, capacity is increased to 635 litres – more than all of its competitors
  • Total XL luggage capacity is 1,604 litres, with rear seats folded down
  • Altea Freetrack 4 is first all-road car from SEAT
  • Designed for off-road terrain, though not a fully-fledged ‘4x4’
  • Uses Haldex-type four-wheel drive, which has hydro-mechanical connection and electronic control.  In normal use, power is fully transferred to front wheels
  • 40 mm of extra ground clearance over Altea XL

The Altea (pronounced al-tay-a) is the model that not only spearheaded a new generation of cars from SEAT but also brought innovative styling, fine handling and a distinctly sporting flavour to the hitherto decidedly ‘traditional’ compact MPV segment.  In short, it’s a car to enjoy and be proud of – so much more than just a family workhorse.

Created at SEAT’s Technical Centre in Martorell, the Altea’s nose features a bold radiator grille, bonnet and headlamp design, while the trademark SEAT Dynamic Line is clearly visible from the side.  Starting at the front wheel arch and descending gracefully over the doors to the rear wheel, this line highlights the Altea’s bold profile and is the most recognisable characteristic of the Brand’s current generation of cars.

The Altea is first and foremost a family car built to satisfy the growing demand for added room and functionality.  Despite its seemingly compact exterior dimensions and modest ‘footprint’, the interior offers exceptional room in all five seats and the two-tiered 409-litre capacity boot (which becomes 510 litres with the rear seats slid forwards). 

The car also parades many advanced technological features including TSI direct injection petrol engines and the groundbreaking dual-clutch DSG gearbox.  A sophisticated multi-link rear suspension and electro-mechanical power-assisted steering are other technical and design highlights.

The Altea boasts a broad spectrum of petrol and diesel engines which all deliver more than 100 PS.  The petrol range comprises a 102 PS (75 kW) 1.6-litre and a sporty 200 PS (147 kW) 2.0-litre TSI, while diesels include a 105 PS (77 kW) 1.9-litre TDI, and a sophisticated 2.0-litre TDI unit with 140 PS (103 kW). 

Underlining SEAT’s commitment to lively, sporty driving the firm offers two potent FR versions of the Altea driven, as you might expect, by the two most powerful and exciting engines in the line-up: a 200 PS (147 kW) 2.0-litre TSI petrol, and a 170 PS (125 kW) 2.0-litre TDI diesel with DPF.  This brace of FR options are the most sporty and performance-oriented models in the range and, indeed, are among the most exciting cars in their class.  The FR badge brings race-track styling touches and an enthusiastic driving experience to the family driver who is young at heart and refuses to settle for a run-of-the-mill family hatchback.

Of course, as a family car, the Altea also takes safety very seriously.  Comprehensive active safety systems include ABS, TCS (Traction Control System) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme – on FR models) with a built-in emergency braking system (EBA).  The classic indicators of modern safety credentials are a healthy collection of Euro NCAP stars, and the Altea is well placed in this regard boasting five stars for Occupant Safety, four stars for Child Protection and a creditable three stars for Pedestrian Protection.

In addition to the extensive engine choice, the Altea is available in four distinct specifications: Reference, Reference Sport, luxurious Stylance and, at the top, sporty FR.

With the Altea XL, SEAT brings ‘auto emoción’ to another car category – the family estate car.  Clearly a part of the Altea family, the XL adds 18.7 cm in length to create the largest luggage capacity in its class and, in turn, one of the most stylish estate cars on the market. 

As its name suggests, the five-seat XL is an Altea aimed at those customers who need more space than that provided by the ‘standard’ Altea.  Anyone who was previously attracted to the Altea’s svelte lines and sporty image, but found that it did not meet their needs in terms of space, now has the perfect package.  For the record, maximum boot space (with rear seats upright) is 532 litres, as opposed to an already generous 409 litres in the Altea.  

Compared with rivals such as the Ford Focus estate, Vauxhall Astra estate, Peugeot 307 SW and Renault Mégane Sport Tourer, the SEAT Altea XL offers plenty of style and space for the money.

Last in this trio, but certainly not least, comes the Altea Freetrack 4.  Clearly a part of the Altea family, the new Altea Freetrack 4 is SEAT’s first full 4x4 and benefits from Haldex four-wheel drive, tough-looking bodywork enhancements and a raised ride height. 

Based on the Altea XL the new Freetrack 4 is the most comprehensively equipped model in the Altea family.  As one would expect from SEAT and its performance image, its first offering in the crossover segment boasts exclusively powerful direct-injection 2.0-litre engines: a 200 PS TSI petrol and 170 PS TDI diesel.
Inspired by the Freetrack concept car shown at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, the four-wheel drive vehicle is the work of SEAT’s Design Director Luc Donckerwolke, who joined the brand from Lamborghini in 2005.  It is essentially three cars in one: it has off-road capability, the space of a large family estate, plus the handling and performance of many a hot hatch.   

SEAT Sport UK Leon TDI BTCC car

Historic BTCC race-winning diesel grabs the motorsport spotlight

  • Diesel-powered 2008 British Touring Car Championship racer shows SEAT’s engineering excellence, and spirit of adventure
  • Track car boasts a 280 PS version of 2.0 TDI powerplant that sits in SEAT’s fiery Leon FR
  • SEAT Sport UK’s star drivers Jason Plato and Darren Turner have steered the diesel racer to historic BTCC race victories in its debut season

SEAT is showing off its very special Leon race car at this year’s British International Motor Show.  The race-prepared SEAT Sport UK Leon TDI is breaking new ground in the world of British motorsport, building on the success of SEAT’s diesel-driven WTCC cars which continue to dominate in races across the globe.

Scott Dennis, SEAT UK Motorsport Manager said: ‘More than 40% of new cars sold in the UK last year were diesels, the Leon was the best-selling SEAT model in the UK and the sporty FR TDI derivative was the best-selling Leon, so there are strong marketing and commercial reasons why we are campaigning a pair of Leon TDIs in the 2008 British Touring Car Championship.

‘SEAT is pioneering the development of diesel engines in touring cars, and the Leon TDI has proven to be very competitive in the World Touring Car Championship.  We were the first manufacturer to win a World Touring Car race in a diesel-engined car, the first to win a British Touring Car race with a diesel and with half a season still to go, who knows how much more success we will record?’ 

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