The third generation Seat Leon still looks good even after 7 years in the market, but the Spanish automaker knows that, in order to keep it on the competitive side of the compact segment, it needs a new one in its lineup.
And it’s getting one, with the new generation expected to debut later this year, probably at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
While this is not official, it’s quite likely – but in the meantime, we can check out the latest video of a prototype being tested at the Nurburgring. Mind you, there’s nothing to indicate a performance-oriented version, so chances are we’re looking at a lesser version.
Aside from a shift in styling and heavily reworked interior, as revealed by previous spy shots, the 2020 Leon will be based on an updated version of the MQB platform. It should still be offered with the usual petrol and diesel engines, but electrification is starting to be a big thing over at Seat, so it will also get mild-hybrid and even plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Moreover, the Cupra Leon is rumored to be available both as a 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW) PHEV, with a zero-emission range of up to 50 km (31 miles), and as a conventional ICE-powered model as well, with a 300 PS (296 HP) 2.0-liter TSI four.
Another important aspect will be the phasing out of the three-door body style, as customers no longer favor three-door hatchbacks. Instead, the new Leon will only be sold as a five-door hatchback and estate, with the latter adding a bigger boot and redesigned rear end.