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New SEAT Leon

There's a new SEAT Leon on the way in 2017

With a raft of new additions across the range, including new engines.

THERE IS A new SEAT Leon headed our way. Both the hatchback and estate models have been given a mid-life update and will are due in Ireland early next year.

The latest incarnation of the Spanish brand’s best-selling model features sharper styling with more assertive lines than the current model. This is most noticeable around the new bumper design, which has a stretched chrome grille. The new headlights and rear lights are complete with Full-LED technology and LED technology has been used in the indicators and fog lights as well as in the cabin’s ambient lighting.

The cabin also offers a newly designed eight-inch infotainment, screen which is more streamlined and less fussy than the current model.

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The new Leon is available with a whole suite of driver assistance and connective technology including Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Pedestrian Protection System – which recognises vehicles as well as pedestrians, ensuring that safety is paramount both in the city and on the motorway.

Further new systems include Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, and parking assist technology with both bay and parallel parking.

Connectivity systems include the latest generation of Easy Connect infotainment systems, SEAT Full Link and the SEAT ConnectApp that comes with voice recognition and gesture control technology, allowing functions to be activated with just a finger swipe on the touchscreen. There is also wireless phone charging.

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On the engine front, the TDI range begins with a 1.6-litre 115hp unit and goes up to a 2.0-litre 184hp unit. In terms of petrol power, the engines range from 110hp to 180hp, with a new 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder 115hp unit added to the range.

When it comes to gearboxes, the range includes five- or six-speed manual units, as well as double-clutch DSG with six- or seven-speeds.

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The new Leon will be available in the three existing body types: five-door, SC (Sports Coupé) and ST (Sports Tourer) and for the first time will be available in top-of-the-range XCELLENCE trim.

No word on Irish pricing, yet.

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