The new SEAT Leon Cross Sport is out in the first set of official shots and it has us wondering why it’s not already in production. All they’re saying is it’s “a very clear statement of the direction that SEAT will be taking over the next few years with new products in the crossover and SUV segments.”
Based on the most powerful variant of the Leon SC, the Cupra, the Cross Sport promises impressive performance. Sporting 300 PS from its 2.0-liter turbo engine, it can hit 100 km/h in a reported 4.9 seconds with the help of all-wheel drive.
It promises consistent driving fun “even when the route involves poor road surfaces,” which makes it sound like a Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi EVO; the ground clearance is 41 mm higher than that of the regular Cupra to aid in that respect.
The electronically-controlled all-wheel drive uses a fifth-gen Haldex coupling featuring “ a newly developed, multi-plate clutch with hydraulic actuation and electronic control.” This is supposed to offer quick reactions to changing road conditions thus keeping handling consistent.