An all-new SEAT Leon Cupra hot hatch is deep into its testing process, as these pictures show. Expected to come with plug-in hybrid power, the new SEAT should be both fast and green. Read on to find out more about price, specs and release date.
New SEAT Leon Cupra hot hatchback
Powerful hybrid engine
Price and release date
est. below £30,000; 2020
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2020 SEAT Leon Cupra price and release date
The new Leon is set to be launched in 2020 and should cost less than £30,000. That will pitch it at a slightly cheaper price point than a Golf GTI – the SEAT’s cousin in the VW Group. It will also get SEAT’s new branding policy as the company continues its mission to turn its Cupra performance arm into a standalone brand: although we call it a SEAT here, the new hot Leon will get Cupra branding only – with not an ‘S’ badge in sight.
2020 SEAT Leon Cupra – more details
Unusually for a hot hatch, The new Leon Cupra will feature plug-in hybrid power. This is likely to be a version of the same engine and gearbox found in the VW Golf GTE, since SEAT and VW are part of the same wider group of brands and often share technology.
2020 SEAT Leon Cupra performance
The new Leon Cupra hot hatch is expected to deliver around 245hp from its petrol-electric engine. This should be enough to give the car a top speed in excess of 150mph and get it from 0-60mph in under seven seconds. Stopping power should be equal to the task of reining in that performance potential – these pics show the car wearing upgraded Brembo-branded brakes
As well as delivering a performance boost, the electric power will also mean the Leon Cupra can travel short distances on electric power alone – possibly enough to make it exempt from city centre tolls like the London congestion charge. And that’s not something you can say about many hot hatches.
2020 SEAT Leon Cupra styling
Despite the extensive camouflage here, we do know that the new Cupra will come with an array of sporty styling cues. These include large alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes and a boot-mounted spoiler.
It also seems distinctly likely that the new hybrid hot hatch will get a bold grille, frowning LED headlights and a deep front bumper. Around the sides, bold creases will help mark the Cupra out from its Volkswagen Golf GTI sister car and there looks to be a pair of pretty LED taillights hidden under this car’s plastic wrapping. And of course, there will be that bronze Cupra tribal logo in place of the SEAT ‘S’.
2020 SEAT Leon Cupra interior
Inside, the Leon is said to get the same infotainment update destined for the new VW Golf. That means you can expect to get two large screens and a voice activation system that’ll be able to decipher regional accents and will be able to understand a broad range of voice commands.
The Leon Cupra’s infotainment is likely to have performance-oriented readouts for things like transmission temperature and oil pressure, and you can expect it to get a pair of supportive sports seats that’ll grip you properly on twisty roads, plus a sporty steering wheel.