Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (PRWEB UK) 17 February 2013
SEAT has revealed the latest addition to its Leon range, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Leon SC is a striking three-door hatchback that is the perfect embodiment of the SEAT design language. Without compromising everyday usability, it becomes the most sporting model in the SEAT range, blending stunning looks with a functional interior - a mix of excellent workmanship and premium materials, with plenty of room for all occupants. At 380 litres, even the luggage compartment is as generously proportioned as that of the five-door variant.
"The new Leon SC is the design icon of the model line-up. It conveys the core values of the SEAT brand perfectly - design and dynamics, technology and quality, all at a fair price," said James Muir, President of SEAT S.A.
The Leon SC is packed with technology, including state-of-the-art infotainment, intelligent driver assistance systems, systematic weight reduction measures, the latest generation of engines, and a chassis tuned to strike the perfect balance between comfortable day-to-day use and engaging driving dynamics.
All engines feature direct injection with turbocharging, and combine outstanding efficiency with exceptional refinement. The TSI and TDI units, ranging from 1.2- to 2.0-litre, cover a performance spectrum of 105 PS to 184 PS. Every one combines power with cost effectiveness, with the cleanest 1.6-litre TDI emitting less than 100 g/km CO2.
"With its slightly shortened wheelbase, the Leon SC is the sportiest and most emotional member of the Leon family. It has the feel of a sports coupé, yet boasts an astonishing degree of functionality," said Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of Research and Development at SEAT S.A.
With its perfectly balanced proportions, the new SEAT Leon SC cuts a fine figure from the very first glance. The relationship between its length, height and width, plus its short overhangs, convey its dynamics even at a standstill. Inspired by the design language developed through the IBE, IBL and IBX concept vehicles, the three-door compact car is the dynamic interpretation of the SEAT design language.
"We have given the three-door Leon SC a highly distinctive character - just deleting two doors would not have been enough for us. That is why we opted for the shorter wheelbase - although it is only 35 millimetres, the visual effect is very powerful. The result is a big difference in the expression of dynamics," said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design.
The side profile of the new SEAT Leon SC displays a balanced relationship between metal and glass surfaces - vertically, this is around one-third glass to two-thirds body surface. This emphasises solidity and underscores the car’s muscular stance. The characteristic, interrupted 'Línea Dinámica' runs rearward over the wheel arches, while the precisely sculpted 'blisters' on the sides are not completely straight, running instead in a very slight arc to increase surface tension. The expansive rear windscreen, with its coupé-like sweep, is 19 degrees more inclined compared with the five-door and has the form of an up-turned, stylised pentagon.
The new SEAT Leon SC is launched with a series of powerful and efficient TDI and TSI engines, all of which feature direct injection and turbocharging and are set up for rapid warm-up and low internal friction.
SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 80% of its vehicles to 75 countries.
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