Seat is welcoming visitors at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with its all-new Leon compact hatchback, as well as the company’s redesigned logo.
Speaking about the introduction of the logo and the Leon during the company's press conference in Paris, Seat President James Muir also confirmed the addition of two more body styles to the compact model's range.
“The new Leon will be the first SEAT to wear the new logo. And, the new Leon will be a key pillar in our future success – especially when the Leon family expands to include a striking three-door version and a versatile, stylish wagon," said Muir.
The third generation of the Leon is the third vehicle in the Volkswagen Group family to adopt the firm's flexible and lightweight MQB after the VW Golf Mk7 and the new Audi A3 hatchbacks, all of which compete in the C-segment.
According to the Spanish brand, the new model's overall weight has been reduced by 90 kilograms (just under 200 pounds) compared to the second-generation Leon.
The five-door hatchback is 4,263mm long, 1,816mm wide and 1,459mm tall, while the distance between the two axles is 2,636mm.
In spite of being 52mm shorter than its predecessor, Seat says the 58mm longer wheelbase ensures that it has "more cabin space, with improved knee, head and shoulder room for front and rear occupants". Its boot capacity has also been increased, from 340 litres to 380 litres.
Under the bonnet, there are several diesel and petrol engines to choose from ranging in power from an 85hp (85PS) 1.2-liter TSI to a 182Hp (184PS) 2.0-liter TDI.
Along with the presentation of the car in Paris, Seat also announced prices across Europe including the United Kingdom where the Leon starts at £15,670 OTR (see full pricing and engine specifications in the list that follows below).