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.
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