310-Mile Electric Seat Leon Coming In 2020, PHEV Version First


PHEV version will go 31 miles on electric, BEV over 300.

SEAT has a plan to launch a new car every six months until 2020, leading up to its first fully electric vehicle in the same year. As ambitious as it may sound, the company so far has delivered on its promise, giving us new SUVs like the Cupra Ateca, and teasing its upcoming Tarraco. Now an all-new version of the Leon is being planned, but we won’t see it for at least another year.

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According to the company, the third-gen Leon will be available in 2019, with a plug-in hybrid option coming in 2020. The plug-in powertrain will reportedly allow for a pure electric range of 31 miles (50 kilometers). It will be one of the brand’s first electrified vehicles ahead of the Spanish marque’s EV onslaught later that same year.

“2020 will be SEAT’s year of electrification with the launch of a plug-in hybrid version of the new SEAT Leon, to be built in the Martorell factory and featuring a range of at least 50 kilometres, as well as the brand’s first fully electric vehicle, manufactures on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform,” said CEO Luca de Meo.

VW Golf, Audi A3, and Skoda Octavia, among others. Unlike its counterparts though, the Leon will stretch its wheelbase by a few millimeters to increase rear cabin room. The three-door model will be dropped entirely from the lineup, with the standard five-door and ST estate being available to buyers. Before the plug-in option joins the range, the new Leon should come with standard 1.0- and 1.5-liter gas engine options, as well as a 1.6-liter diesel.

Following the debut of the Leon, SEAT’s first full EV will make its debut in 2020. It will reportedly come with a range of 310 miles (500 kilometers), and the “most advanced” connectivity and infotainment systems on the market, including a minimum level 2 autonomous driving capability.

***2017 Seat LEON pictured

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Since SEAT is a VW-Group company – I expect that the future will always be 2 years away, and I suppose I’m going to be ‘Surprised’ when the car is cancelled later, just like all the other vw electrics.

It is UNCANNY that I could go to a VW dealer 5 years ago and buy a brand new electric, but today, there is NOTHING by me, New or Used.

All the nonsense printed here regarding GM not wanting to make EV’s etc, when car lots all have dozens of them easily available for purchase, Really applies to VW.


What makes me face palm is that all these manufacturers are on purpose positioning themselves to have range of a Tesla. (Though that 310 miles range will probably go down once it hits the EPA test over the WLTP/NEDC)

But why are these automakers aiming at Tesla of the past? 310 miles range by 2020? Do they not realize that the Tesla Model 3 AWD will have more range? And knowing Tesla, by 2020 Tesla will shuffle up the battery options and offer maybe a 100kwh option for 400 miles range.

These manufacturers should aim at Tesla of the future, not Tesla of the past.

The reason is relly simple. Economics. SEAT is a cheap car, for people who can not afford, or want to use more money on a vehicle. The minimum wage in Spain is 858.6 € per month, that is 10,303 euros per year, taking into account 12 payments per year. Deduct house payments, food, clothing, and so on – and you are left with the maximum amount they can pay for a car. Do you think they can afford a vehicle with a Tesla sized battery? Insted of this Spanish car brand, think of one of the cheapest US car models. Do you think those customers are able or willing to buy a more expensive model? Do you think they want a cheaper model because they love the cheaper interior feeling, hard plastics, less advanced AC, less Equipment and in general always a less safe car? If they made a car with Teslas price and range – do you think the SEAT customers would continue to be SEAT customers? SEAT is slowly changing from being just cheap to be cheap and sporty. All manufacturers can make a car like Tesla, but there are many reasons why they don’t. Model S and… Read more »

Still waiting for the Audi A1 e-tron to be launched. It was presented at the Geneva motor show on the 1st of March 2010. That’s more than 8 years ago now. 2020 is less than 2 years from now. Just saying.

I am SO disappointed in the Volkswagen group!