SEAT Gives 2017 Leon Compact Family a Mild Update

A subtle nip and tuck for the brand’s best-selling model

The compact model family gains a discreet update for the 2017 model year, with highlights including design tweaks, new engines, and new technologies.

Styling-wise, the 2017 SEAT Leon has adopted a new front bumper design with sharper lines, as well as a slightly wider grille with more chrome. Other visible changes include the full-LED headlights and taillights with restyled light signatures, as well as the LED indicators and fog lights.

Inside, the changes are limited to the addition of a new 8-inch touchscreen with the Media System Plus infotainment system that eliminates the need for many of the buttons and dials on the center console. SEAT also mentions that the cabin of the new Leon is quieter than before.

On the tech front, the SEAT Leon gains new driver assistance and connectivity features including the Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pedestrian Protection System, and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Leon also gets an Electric Parking Brake, parking assist technology, emergency assist, and high beam assist.

The 2017 SEAT Leon marks the introduction of a new XCELLENCE trim that brings a distinctive exterior and interior appearance. Comfort-focused XCELLENCE and sport-oriented FR models will cost the same.

Under the bonnet, the facelifted Leon receives a new 1.6-liter TDI four-cylinder engine and a 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder unit, each producing 115 PS (113 hp). The diesel engine range begins with the 90 PS 1.6 TDI and ends with the 184 PS 2.0 TDI, while the gasoline unit lineup ranges from 110 PS to 180 PS. Details about the Cupra version will be released later.

Customers can choose from five- or six-speed manual transmissions, as well as six- or seven-speed DSG units, in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4Drive AWD configurations.

The facelifted SEAT Leon will arrive at dealerships in early 2017, with pre-ordering beginning at the end of this year.