Photos from autoevolution capture the facelifted SEAT Leon being tested. Although you can’t make much out from under the black cladding, the profile is indistinguishable from the outgoing Leon. What’s interesting, is the presence of advanced testing gear indicating a new engine is being trialled.
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New SEAT Leon styling
We don’t expect the overall shape of the body to change much, especially considering many thought the Leon was already among the best looking models in its segment. At the front, we’d expect to see a refreshed bumper and grille, and perhaps some newly designed headlight clusters. Alas, those giant spotlights on the roof rack won’t make production.
New SEAT Leon interior
We’ve not seen inside the interior but we expect it to follow a similar pattern to the outside’s development – incremental changes rather than a total redesign. While the layout won’t change, we reckon the brand will fit an upgraded infotainment system and possibly increase standard specification for this last version before a totally new car arrives in 2018.
New SEAT Leon 1.8-litre petrol engine
Small nodules on the wheels suggest engineers are testing a new engine for the updated model. Although unconfirmed, rumours are rife it’s a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It could produce as much as 187hp while cylinder deactivation technology keeps fuel consumption low.
This unit is likely to find its way across the Volkswagen Group with many suggesting 2016’s facelifted Audi A3 is a prime candidate for it. Equally likely is the facelifted Volkswagen Golf due to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show next October.
New SEAT Leon price and release date
We don’t expect prices to move from their current range so expect a facelifted SEAT Leon to cost from around £17,700 with range-topping versions coming in at around £30,000.
It’s expected to be officially revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March so deliveries should begin before the end of 2016.
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