The size of the infotainment screen has grown, from 6.5in to 8.0in on all but entry-level S spec. It adds functionality to the old system and clears some of the buttons from the dashboard. Seat also claims that the refreshed Leon is quieter than the current model. Trim pieces across the interior, including the door cards, have been updated.
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Other technical upgrades include the addition of the traffic jam assist system – another technology inherited from the Ateca – which allows semi-autonomous driving up to 37mph. Traffic sign recognition and blind spot detection have also been added, although these are likely to be on higher-spec cars only.
Seat claims to have improved the sat-nav and camera systems of the Leon too, as well as offering a parking assist system that enables the car can park itself. These, along with emergency assist and high beam assist, are expected to appear higher on the Leon spec list, too.
Two new engines have been added to the current range; for the first time the VW Group’s 1.0 three-cylinder TSI unit is being offered, as well as the 1.6-litre TDI engine, both with 113bhp.
No fuel economy or emissions figures have been released for these new engines, though; these are likely be disclosed when prices and specs are announced later this year.
In the UK, there will be five trim levels to choose from, including the addition of a new top-spec level. Entry-level cars are badged S, moving up through SE Dynamic, SE, Technology, FR and new Xcellence. The latter aims to provide a premium feel, with standard interior ambient lighting, keyless entry and go, upgraded upholstery and LED rear indicators. Seat is positioning the Xcellence as the luxurious alternative to the sub-Cupra sporty FR spec.