241 HP Cupra Leon Plug-In Hybrid Hot Hatch Meets The Nürburgring

It’s prototype hunting season again at the Nürburgring, and we can now bring you the first spy shots of the next-generation Seat Leon Cupra — or the Cupra Leon, as it will most likely be officially named.

The hot hatch is expected to be sold under the umbrella of Seat’s newly-established Cupra performance brand. How do we know this prototype is indeed the Cupra Leon and not an ordinary Seat Leon? Well, there are a few clues hidden in plain sight.

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Those include the larger Brembo brakes, new front bumper with a lower splitter, grille with a honeycomb insert, and Cupra oval exhausts — one on each side of the sportier rear bumper. The large (possibly 19-inch) wheels in a multi-spoke design are also an indication that this is no ordinary Leon.

Under the skin, the 2020 Cupra Leon will adopt a rather different configuration than the current model. Last month, Seat CEO Luca de Meo said the Cupra Leon will feature plug-in hybrid power with up to 245 PS (241 hp) and less than 50 g/km CO2.

The powertrain will likely be similar to the one showcased on the Cupra Formentor and Skoda Vision RS concepts. In the Skoda, the plug-in hybrid system consists of a 150 PS (148hp) 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine, a 101 HP (102PS/75kW) electric motor and a 13kWh battery. Expect the Cupra Leon to offer a similar all-electric range of up to 43 miles (70 km).

Performance should be similar, too, as the Skoda Vision RS needs 7.1 seconds to cover the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint. Too slow for you? Well, Cupra is rumored to cook a conventional, and more powerful, Leon hot hatch as well.

The all-new Cupra Leon will debut just before the end of 2020 and will be available both in five-door hatchback and ST wagon body styles. The regular Seat Leon will be revealed later this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • XtremWize
    • Vassilis

      There will definitely be a more potent version coming out later on

  • SteersUright

    Why aren’t there more performance hybrids in general? We all love our fast cars but also dont want to guzzle gas or pollute these days. Shocked its either Prius or nothing in most cases.

  • Eunos

    I hope it is not ugly. If it is, i better be quick and order one of the current model before it’s too late.

    • Alpina

      My thought exactly, the present hatch is beautiful. But my needs push me towards estate and higher trim so it could look as good as hatch.

    • Vassilis

      It looks like it will have some Tarraco influence. That looks pretty good I think. I have high hopes.

  • erly5

    Doesn’t look like the styling has moved on much. Disappointing!

  • Genís Ceballos Mestres

    Super hype about this one, power when needed and fuel economy in urban drive, all in one.

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