The next Seat Leon will become VW Group’s first model to host their all-new infotainment system when it arrives in the market in summer 2019.
This new infotainment system will feature a modern user interface and have the ability for over-the-air updates. In fact Seat (and VW Group) is so confident about the usability of their new system that they will migrate most of the physical buttons over to the screen, including the climate controls.
“It will have fewer buttons, more voice control and be much more coherent than today,” Matthias Rabe, Seat’s R&D boss, said to Autocar.
The new infotainment system will be used across the Group’s lineup but Seat was put in charge of development in order to appeal to its younger customer base. “For two years we have been working on what will be the best infotainment system coming to market next year, starting with the Leon,” said Seat CEO Luca De Meo
The fourth-generation Leon will also feature a striking design, accompanied by the Group’s upcoming 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain that uses the 1.5-liter TSI at its heart. It’ll still be offered with a five-door hatchback body but the styling will “not be a typical hatch,” said Rabe. He added “it will create some desire”.
Seat is also planning to spawn a new crossover out of the Leon, a new niche model that will sit between the hatch and the Ateca SUV, set to create another new sub-segment. The three-door bodystyle will be dropped completely while the high-performance versions will be offered under Seat’s new Cupra brand.
Note: Current Seat Leon pictured