New 2020 SEAT Leon teased again ahead of official launch

14 Jan, 2020 9:00am Luke Wilkinson

The all-new fourth-generation SEAT Leon has been teased again ahead of its planned debut on 28 January

The upcoming fourth-generation SEAT Leon hatchback?has been teased once again, with the latest image giving us our first official look at the car*s rear end. The Spanish brand*s latest Ford Focus rival will make its world premiere on 28 January, before going on sale this summer.

The teaser image previews the new Leon*s redesigned tailgate, updated boot spoiler and full-width LED light-bar, which illuminates outwards from the centre of the boot-lid when the Leon powers up. It follows?SEAT*s recent teaser video (below), which showcased the car*s new LED headlamps and angular day-time running lights.

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The firm*s recent teaser video also provided a brief glimpse at the new Leon*s interior. The dimly lit video clip shows that a single LED ambient lighting strip will span the width of the dashboard, with a pair of digital displays 每 as seen in the latest Golf 每 sitting below it.

The video follows on from previous spy shots which, though disguised, give us a good impression of the new Leon*s overall proportions. The Mk4 prototype adopts the brand*s new family face, first seen on the new Tarraco SUV. Its grille is more vertical and positioned lower on the car*s bumper than the outgoing Leon, while its headlights are slimmer and angled more sharply downwards towards the grille*s edges.

Moving rearwards, the outgoing Leon*s smooth shape has been replaced by a more angular design, and there*s a more pronounced step between the base of the rear window and the boot lid. Previous spy shots of the estate-bodied variant gave us an undisguised glimpse at the new Leon*s flanks and showed us that the current car*s creases and body lines will be largely carried over to the new model.

Dr. Matthias Rabe, formerly SEAT*s board member for research and development, told Auto Express last year: ※The styling of the car is not a revolution but it*s a big evolution. You will be able to see that it is a Leon; you won*t be able to mistake it for any car in the segment. But that is what we*ve been working on, across our range; now we have a clear, consistent product design identity.§

The fourth-generation Leon will form a key part of a major product offensive from SEAT 每 the most intensive rollout of new or heavily revised models in the Spanish company*s history. It's also a key car from an electrification point of view. A plug-in hybrid variant has already been confirmed for release later in 2020, likely using a derivative of the 1.4-litre powertrain destined for the upcoming Golf GTE.

※It*s our biggest push ever,§ said Rabe. ※We*ve had Ateca, Arona, the renewal of Ibiza, the facelifted Leon. But it*s only now that we really accelerate; over the next three years we*ll see six or seven new models, and most of them will be totally new.§

The next generation of Leon will continue to be based on the Volkswagen Group*s MQB platform technology 每 the same chassis parts that underpin the current car as well as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf. However, we can expect SEAT to stretch the Leon*s wheelbase by a few millimetres in a bid to boost rear cabin space. It*ll be available as a five-door and ST estate, while the previous three-door variant is not going to make a return.

The Leon's engine line-up will stay familiar, too, with 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrols, and a 1.6-litre diesel. It is also likely to get at least some of the electronics architecture from the forthcoming Mk8 Golf 每 allowing the potential for a 48V-based mild hybrid, although this may arrive later in the car*s life. The plug-in arriving 2020 will be able to travel 31 miles on electric power only.

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