New SEAT Leon e-HYBRID: the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model reaches the market

New SEAT Leon e-HYBRID: the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model reaches the market

18.11.2020: • Introduction of plug-in hybrid technology adds extra appeal to the new SEAT Leon, in both 5 door and Sportstourer body types • The SEAT Leon mixes dynamics and efficiency – a core pillar of the compact vehicle’s development


•    Introduction of plug-in hybrid technology adds extra appeal to the new SEAT Leon, in both 5 door and Sportstourer body types

 

•    The SEAT Leon mixes dynamics and efficiency – a core pillar of the compact vehicle’s development


•    The SEAT Leon e-HYBRID system mates a 1.4 litre TSI engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to offer 204PS (150kW) of power and 350Nm of torque combined


•    With a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the SEAT Leon can travel for up to 64km (72km in NEDC) in all-electric mode


•    Plug-in hybrid technology adds CO2 emissions reductions to the SEAT Leon; based on the official WLTP test cycle, it emits between 25 and 30g/km of CO2 (WLTP)


•    The SEAT Connect app gives drivers greater access over the SEAT Leon e-HYBRID, including battery management functions, delivering a fully connected experience

 



The SEAT Leon has always been a core pillar in the brand’s vehicle line-up. Now, this model is helping the brand move in a new direction as the world shifts to an electrified and sustainable future.
 


The SEAT Leon continues the successful path carved out by its predecessors but, as well as taking it to the next level in terms of connectivity, dynamism and safety, it is also leaping forward in terms of efficiency. The latest generation vehicle integrates a plug-in hybrid system, making the SEAT Leon e-HYBRID the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model and a key part of its electric offensive, in both five door and Sportstourer bodies.
 
 



Key Messages: Powertrain technology for a new world





THE MOST ADVANCED & EFFICIENT POWERTRAIN



The fourth generation Leon boosts efficiency with a plug-in hybrid (e-HYBRID) system: a 1.4 litre 110kW TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electric engine to produce an overall output of 150kW/204PS of power and 350Nm of torque (combined), that mixes the dynamics expected of the SEAT brand with the efficiency demanded by a changing society. Thus, the new SEAT Leon e-HYBRID becomes the most powerful and efficient SEAT.



Thanks to its 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the SEAT Leon can travel for up to 64km (72km in NEDC) in all-electric mode. And when using both electric and petrol engines, the SEAT Leon e-HYBRID can reach up to 800km.

 

STRONG DESIGN EVOLUTION

 

The SEAT Leon brings with it a strong design evolution: its renovated exterior and interior design language gives it stronger character, helped by its improved overall proportions and its more determined face and smoother lines.

 

The all-new Leon lights the way in the segment with a range of innovative lighting technologies including wraparound interior ambient light, rear coast-to-coast light, dynamic blinkers, full LED headlights and welcome lights.




FULLY CONNECTED AND IN COMPLETE CONTROL


The Leon is SEAT’s first fully connected car: in-car connectivity (Full Link including wireless Android Auto and CarPlay; online-based functions and services) keep you linked to the outside world.

 

The combination of SEAT CONNECT, and the e-HYBRID system gives even greater control over the vehicle, with an even wider range of functions controlled from the app - including battery management functions - whether inside or outside the vehicle.





THE SAFEST SEAT


The SEAT Leon continues to reinforce its reputation as the safest vehicle made by the brand. With predictive adaptive cruise control, emergency assist, travel assist and side and exit assist, the SEAT Leon also combines some of the most advanced driver assistance systems to offer the optimum protection in any driving scenario.




THE KEY TO PRACTICALITY



SEAT’s most successful model becomes even more practical in its plug-in Hybrid variant. The increased dimensions of the 5-door and Sportstourer, make them extra roomier in the rear seats. In the e-HYBRID version, the SEAT Leon 5-door and Sportstourer offers respectively 270l and 470l of boot capacity




THE FIRST PLUG-IN HYBRID CREATED IN BARCELONA




The SEAT Leon e-HYBRID is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle designed, developed and produced in Barcelona (Martorell).






Design: Bold and uncompromised inside and out



Exterior


With an exterior design that exudes confidence, elegance and sportiness, the SEAT Leon e-HYBRID benefits from well executed proportions; with some subtle nods to the advanced nature of what’s powering the vehicle – its e-HYBRID lettering, placed on the right side of the tailgate, and the cover, in body colour, of the charging compartment located on the front left side of the vehicle.



The basis for the vehicle’s overall aesthetics is the advanced MQB Evo platform, which provided the dimensions, flexibility and adaptability the design team required, while the SEAT Leon’s increased size for both the five-door and the Sportstourer bring an improved sense of proportions to the next-generation vehicle’s design.



The SEAT Leon 5-door e-HYBRID version is 4,368mm long, 1,799mm wide and 1,460mm high, while the Sportstourer e-HYBRID version is 4,642mm long, 1,799mm wide and 1,456mm high. The wheelbase of both 5-door and Sportstourer stands at 2,682mm.



Given that the battery pack is located under the boot floor, the boot capacity in the 5-door e-HYBRID variant is 270l, while the Sportstourer e-HYBRID version reaches 470l.



The SEAT Leon has a strong personality, helped by its smooth flowing surfaces and the perfect mix of edges and curves in the right places. And while the exterior aesthetics are what draws the eye, its style also enhances the vehicle’s overall efficiency with improved aerodynamics; the SEAT Leon’s drag co-efficient has improved by around 8% compared to the previous generation – a welcome decrease for the e-HYBRID helping it maximise even more its efficiency.



At the front of the SEAT Leon, the design provides greater personality, with a stronger three-dimensional connection between the grille and front lighting. The LED headlights are set back, providing an eyebrow effect, giving a deeper focus and making it instantly recognisable to other road users.



The vehicle’s side mirrors include integrated LED indicators, and on vehicles with the full LED option include welcome lights that greet the driver and passengers projecting the word “Hola!” onto the ground as you activate the vehicle.



The excitement and creativity continue at the rear, emphasised by the coast-to-coast LED light and a boot designed to maintain the dynamic personality of the vehicle. Both the lighting system and spoiler create lines that generate the notion of speed, even when the car is not moving at all.



The all-new Leon also includes dynamic indicators making the vehicle’s direction of travel clearer and therefore safer.



Finally, new 18’’ aero wheels have been specifically designed for the SEAT Leon e-HYBRID (also available with the rest of the engine range).






Interior




Inside, the design continues its evolutionary theme, but one that puts the driver and other occupants at the centre of its strategy, with subtle touches to the vehicle’s advanced powertrain technology.




The interior is the pinnacle of functionality, minimalism and sleekness from the moment you take your seat in the cabin behind the steering wheel – the main contact point between driver and car.


The smooth-surfaced, slim yet wide dashboard gives the impression of lightness, and a degree of “floatability”. The effect is created with the help of the decorative mouldings that surround the dashboard and continue through the front doors.



Everything in the cabin has been designed to be ergonomically precise, increasing interior comfort for occupants. Whether sitting in the driver’s seat, as a passenger or in the rear, the cabin is developed to fit the occupants like a glove, providing the feeling of security.



The interior’s main protagonist is its central 10” infotainment screen and the 10,25” digital cockpit, which in the e-HYBRID version of the Leon comes as a standard. The infotainment screen includes gesture recognition, delivering precise interaction with the occupants and reducing the number of physical buttons required. The “diagonal” graphic design theme of the screen gets its inspiration from that important avenue of Barcelona, the Diagonal.



Interior light is an important feature of the all-new Leon. It includes a wraparound dashboard light that covers its entire width and continues through the doors. The lighting sweeps around the front of the cabin, from the front doors and across the top of the dashboard, creating an arc of light that brings the Leon’s interior character to life. The system changes the colour and tone of the lighting depending on the needs. So, whether you’ve just started the vehicle and enjoy the welcoming ceremony or shift drive profile from Eco to Sport mode, for example, the light system brings a new dynamic to vehicle-driver interaction.



And it’s not only an ambient decorative light, but it also provides several key functions such as blind spot detection or exit assist.



A lot of attention has been placed on achieving a perfect balance of refined and soft plastics, textiles and leathers to cover seats, door panels and the dashboard. The SEAT Leon e-HYBRID mixes appealing design with practicality too even with the inclusion of the advanced powertrain technology.





Fernando Salvador- photos Seat

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18.11.2020 / MaP

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