Seat has revealed the all-new Leon ST Cupra – the brand’s first ever high-performance estate car.
The latest addition to the Leon range features a 2.0-litre TSI engine which will be tuned to 276bhp.
It has a 0-62 of just 6.0seconds, when mated to automatic transmission (DSG) – just 0.2seconds slower than its five-door sibling (6.1seconds with manual transmission), while returning 42.8mpg (42.2mpg as a manual).
Dynamic chassis control, front-axle differential lock and progressive steering are all fitted as standard to improve handling.
The cabin features alcantara sports seats, the Cupra steering wheel and Media System Plus with a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen. LEDs in the door panels emphasise the contours of the interior design.
The Cupra Drive Profile features a comfort, sport and Cupra option. The way the car drives will depend on what option you select; if you select Cupra mode, throttle response sensitivity increases and the sound actuator supports the full tone of the turbocharged engine, while the DSG will operate in its sportiest shifting mode.
Full-LED headlamps and LED rear lights also come as standard.
President of Seat Jürgen Stackmann said: “The new Leon ST Cupra is the perfect complement to our high-performance model line-up. The combination of refined performance and expressive dynamics with relaxed long-distance comfort and compelling utility make it utterly unique.
“The Leon ST Cupra shows the Seat brand values at their best. We are proud of the technical excellence and quality it conveys.”
Vice president for research and development at Seat, Dr. Matthias Rabe, said: “The new Leon ST Cupra is pure SEAT – emotion and performance, design and dynamics deliver driving fun mile after mile. It boasts state-of-the-art technology evident in its great precision, but also in its amazing efficiency.
“We have invested a great deal in the fine details to ensure the Leon Cupra has the same ride and the same athleticism in its estate form – but with plenty of additional utility.”