2020 SEAT Leon: we imagine how the Spanish lion will evolve

The fourth-generation of SEAT’s compact car is just around the corner

On sale since late 2012, the third-generation SEAT Leon is nearing the end of its lifecycle, with test mules for the upcoming model already spotted in Europe.

Back in 2012, the Leon was VW Group’s second model to use the MQB platform, with the Audi A3 being the first one. With the all-new Leon, SEAT won’t change the architecture once again but will continue with an improved version of the MQB toolkit.

The flexibility of the platform will allow for a longer wheelbase, rumored to grow by about 50 mm (nearly 2 inches). As a result, the new SEAT Leon will offer more room for rear passengers. Interestingly, the overall length of the car will grow by the same amount, which means the front and rear overhangs will remain similar in size to the current Leon.

The automaker will make some structural changes in the Leon lineup, dropping the three-door hatchback body style. The five-door hatch and the estate will survive, and they might be joined by a third Leon model, a crossover slightly smaller than the Ateca.

Styling-wise, it’s safe to say we won’t be in for a big surprise when it comes to the new Leon’s appearance. As you can see in this rendering courtesy of Christian Schulte Design, the compact will adopt an evolutionary design. While the overall shape of the car seems to remain the same, we might see details such as more pronounced creases on the sides, a sharper front bumper with a reshaped grille, as well as sleeker headlights.

Inside, the new SEAT Leon will gain access to a new infotainment system that will feature over-the-air updates for functions, apps, and maps. The company has already confirmed the new interface, which it believes will be the best on the market.

As for the engine lineup, besides the usual mix of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, rumor has it the fourth-generation Leon will offer a plug-in hybrid derivative one year after launch. The Leon PHEV should offer a pure electric driving range of around 50 km (31 miles).

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