We have good news for fans of relatively affordable fast wagons: the all-new Cupra Leon performance model will continue to offer an ST estate version.
The photo gallery below is proof of a brand new Cupra Leon ST coming our way. A prototype of the fast wagon has been spotted for the first time in Spain and we have to admit it looks quite promising, despite the fact that it’s fully wrapped in camouflage tape.
The front end styling is not exactly a surprise as we’ve already seen prototypes of the next-generation Cupra Leon hot hatch during testing and the wagon looks similar. However, some details are different, including the mesh used for the grilles, and the more aggressive lower bumper treatment.
This Cupra Leon ST prototype appears more aggressive than the Cupra Leon test cars we’ve seen so far, including at the rear where it features quad exhausts instead of two oval tailpipes as seen on the hatch. This leads us to believe this particular Cupra Leon ST prototype is the full-blown version packing a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with at least 300 PS (296 HP) and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.
In all likelihood, this means the Cupra Leon hatches spotted before feature the “base” 245 PS (241 HP) plug-in hybrid powertrain. The alloy wheels also feature a different design on the wagon and we can now see that the third brake light is now between the taillights and not above the rear screen.
Undoubtedly, the wagon will be a much more practical (and roomier) choice than the hatch. The upcoming Cupra Leon ST will be longer than its predecessor and the photos make it apparent: there’s a lot of metal between the rear axle and the tip of the rear bumper.
The all-new Cupra Leon ST is expected to debut about a year from now and arrive in dealerships in early 2021. The Cupra Leon hatch will launch about six months earlier but something tells us the ST version will be worth the wait, especially if it will be available with an AWD system as before.