The fourth generation SEAT Leon is in development, and new pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together.
According to Autozeitung, the Spanish compact car won’t only get a new exterior design and underpinnings, but a larger footprint as well. It’s too early to talk about its size, but its wheelbase is said to welcome an extra 50mm (2in), reaching 2,686mm (105.74in), resulting in more legroom on the rear bench.
In addition to a new infotainment system, the car will also get a digital instrument cluster as an optional extra. Moreover, Amazon Alexa is also said to be integrated, allowing users to control various functions of the vehicle via voice commands. SEAT might provide ‘over-the-air’ software updates for the next-gen Leon, from 2020, so owners won’t have to drive to the nearest dealership to enjoy the latest available gizmos.
Powering the VW Golf’s Spanish cousin will be an assortment of three- and four-cylinder petrol engines, including a 1.5-liter unit, said to deliver between 130PS (128hp / 95kW) and 200PS (197hp / 147kW). A 1.0-liter TSI, with 115PS (113hp / 84kW) and 200Nm (148lb-ft) of torque is expected to make its way into the range, alongside a 2.0-liter rated at over 300PS (296hp / 221kW) in the Cupra model.
A compressed natural gas (CNG) variant will likely be offered in the new-gen too, alongside a possible fully electric derivative and at least one mild-hybrid option.
Diesel engines aren’t going anywhere just yet, apparently, as the 2020 SEAT Leon will reportedly adopt several four-cylinder oil burners when it debuts, next year.
Note: Current SEAT Leon Cupra R pictured