SEAT is making its roadmap for electrification announced last year a reality. Presenting the new generation SEAT Leon, which have plug-in hybrid versions.
With the electrification of the models in its range, SEAT aims to offer customers a more sustainable driving option: they all feature an electric range of 60 km and CO2 emissions of less than 50 g/km. The carmaker is thus stepping up its commitment to the environment and to the Paris agreements, with the goal of becoming a CO2-neutral company by 2050, both in terms of its cars as well as its production activity.
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At the online press conference, SEAT President Carsten Isensee said “the message is clear: 2019 was the best year in our history. We were the fastest growing volume brand in Europe, achieving a double-digit increase for the third consecutive year, in a context of declining markets. We began 2020 on an upward trend, and although it will be a more challenging year, we are paving the way for the future.”
Both managers emphasised that although 2020 will be a less favourable year for the economy and the car industry than previous years, SEAT kicked off the year with the same positive sales trend that brought 2019 to a close.
Four models by 2021
The new SEAT Leon, in its 5-door and Sportstourer versions, is already in production at SEAT’s headquarters in Martorell. Making these new models at SEAT’s central facilities in Martorell will help boost the plant’s production volume, which is currently approaching its maximum capacity. These hybrids to be manufactured in Martorell will be joined by the Tarraco PHEV and the battery electric Mii electric and el-Born.
The SEAT Leon (hatchback and SportsTourer) and the SEAT Leon family will have a comprehensive engines line-up: combustion, CNG, PHEV and mHEV (micro-hybrid). In the case of the CNG version, it is being presented for the first time with a 1.5-litre CNG unit that generates a power output of 96 kW/130 hp. The vehicle integrates three CNG tanks with a total net capacity of 17.3 kg, giving the new SEAT Leon TGI a range of 440 km without refuelling. The Leon will be marketed at a starting price of €20,000 in Germany.
As for the electric models, the Leon includes a state-of-the-art hybrid engine that combines a TSI petrol engine with a plug-in electric motor, a layout that generates 150 kW/204 hp of power. It has a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery that provides a range of 60 km in electric-only mode. It also includes mild hybrid technology (eTSI), available with the 81 kW/110 hp 1.0 TSI unit and the 110 kW/150 hp 1.5 petrol unit, which combines 48 V mild hybrid technology with a combustion engine.