CUPRA Leon: Spanish hot hatch unveiled

CUPRA, which is the separate brand for the performance vehicles of SEAT, launched their new range of hot hatches based on the Leon, available in both hatchback and Sportstourer bodystyles with four different powertrain options! Those models will serve as the direct successors to the SEAT Leon Cupra 300 and the SEAT Leon Cupra R.

Design-wise the new CUPRA Leon shares most of its body panels with the SEAT Leon, however it can be easily distinguished thanks to the more aggressive aero kit. This includes a redesigned front bumper with larger air-intakes and a new grill surrounded by the full-LED headlights, side sill extensions, a range of 18″ or 19″ wheels (6 different designs), a roof spoiler, full-width LED taillights and sporty rear bumper with dynamic lines, a large diffuser and two exhaust pipes finished in copper (four round tailpipes for the Sportstourer).

Inside there is a 10,25″ digital instrument cluster and a 10″ touch screen for the infotainment with all the latest connectivity options. The three-spoke steering wheel with the CUPRA logo has integrated buttons for starting the engine and choosing the sportier driving mode as well as gear shift paddles, while other sporty touches include the aluminium pedals, bucket seats, LED ambient lighting and copper details on the climate vents and stitching. Safety-wise, the CUPRA Leon comes equipped with Predictive Cruise Control, Emergency Assist 3.0, Travel Assist, Side and Exit Assist.

As for the powertrain options, we have the following versions:

CUPRA Leon eHybrid (FWD): A a plug-in hybrid fitted with a 1.4 TSI engine (150 hp) and an electric motor (115 PS), offering a combined output of 180 kW / 245 hp and 400 Nm of torque (VW Golf GTE and the Skoda Octavia iV RS). Power is transmitted to the front axle through a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. A 13 kWh battery offers an electric range of 60 km (WLTP) and can be charged in 3,5 hours using a Wallbox, or in 6 hours from a domestic plug. Thanks to the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid powertrain technology, CO2 emissions will be below 50g/100km. Available in both hatchback and Sportstourer variants.

CUPRA Leon 2.0 TSI (FWD): Those who prefer a conventional petrol engine, can choose the turbocharged direct-injection, four-cylinder 2.0-litre TSI producing 180 kW / 245 hp and 370 Nm of torque, combined with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. CUPRA also offers a more powerful version of the same engine with 221 kW/ 300 hp and 400Nm of torque which also gets an electronic limited-slip differential at the front axle (VAQ) for greater control and precision. Available in both hatchback and Sportstourer variants.

CUPRA Leon Sportstourer 2.0 TSI (AWD): The fastest and most powerful version of the Leon will be fitted with the 2.0 TSI producing 228 kW / 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque, exclusively available with the Sportstourer bodystyle, the 7-speed DSG and the 4Drive system (AWD). This version will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 5″ while the top speed will be electronically limited to 250km/h.

The car is equipped with the Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) system offering four different driver profiles (Comfort, Sport, CUPRA and Individual) that change the vehicle’s character according to the driver’s mood and preferences. The suspension consists of front MacPherson struts and rear multilink setup, with special tuning for its springs and dampers. The car sits -25 mm lower at the front and -20 mm lower at the rear axle compared to the base SEAT Leon. Stopping power has also been enhanced by larger Brembo brakes with 370 mm discs at the front.

According to CUPRA, the new Leon range will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2020.