Seat Leon can turn into a sedanDecember 3, 2018
While many automakers abandon the standard “cars” in favor of crossovers (for example, Ford and General Motors), Seat allegedly decided to take a risky step – the company of the next, fourth, generation Leon will make a sedan. It is reported by the Spanish edition of Motor. Note, the portal calls the new version sedan, although the Europeans call the liftback Seat Toledo the same way. In general, it is not yet known for sure whether the Leon will get a four-door body or is it all the same about the hatch, which looks like a sedan.
According to preliminary data, Leon’s new generation hatch will be introduced in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. True, the model will debut in the form of a concept – the serial version will be shown at the end of next year. The sedan, for the time being, we will call this version, like Motor, should enter the market in 2020. The main competitors of the latest edition considers the four-door Focus and Mazda 3. Meanwhile, Ford is not selling its Focus sedan in the same Spain, for example, today …
It is expected that the fourth-generation Leon will be built on the MQB Evo platform, and the Seat Tarraco crossover will most likely be traced in the design of the model. The liter 3-cylinder TSI, four-cylinder 1.5 TSI, diesel engines 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI can enter the line of engines of Leon. In addition, the model may also receive a “moderate” hybrid installation with a motor-generator and a small-capacity battery. The hatch and wagon will still have “charged” versions of the Cupra, but the sedan will not get the sports version.
The current Leon is the most popular model of the brand: in January-September 2018, 112,799 hatchbacks and station wagons were sold in Europe, which is 1.8% more than a year earlier. In second place is the more affordable Ibiza hatch (86,085 units sold in nine months, -4.8%). By the way, Leon of the current generation also had a three-door body, but in August of this year, Seat refused to issue the 3-door hatchback. The reason is low demand. The threat of decommissioning due to weak sales also hangs over budget Toledo: the related Skoda Rapid liftback Seat in January-September 2018 was sold throughout Europe with a circulation of only 4821 copies (-10%).
If the rumors about the appearance of a new modification in the Leon family will turn out to be true, then it is unlikely that Seat is counting on super-successful sales of the sedan. Although this version is likely to have a positive effect on the overall implementation of the model