Only in October, Seat showed the facelift of its successful compact Leon. The golfing opponent, who has been running since 2012, is so well-received that the changes could be quite subtle. Minimal optical retouching, a larger infotainment system and the latest generation of driving aids from the SUV brother Ateca - that was also the case with mid-life facial stretching. The world has certainly experienced more comprehensive model management, but the whole has certainly not harmed the Leon. Especially in the interior and the new assistance systems. So far, Seat is also throwing his top Leon, the Cupra, in the Jungbrunnen. The compact sportsman benefits from all the already known facelift measures, but also receives more power and - at least in part - also an all-wheel drive.
The optical changes are as in the case of the more civilian Leon brothers in a very manageable context. Except for a strikingly distinctive front apron and new lighting graphics, the Leon Cupra 2017 is not really much new. However, future Cupra buyers may be pleased with the new LED spotlights. Inside you can see the reworked Hot Hatch on a new eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, which manages with considerably fewer buttons than was the case so far. Also new is the so-called Connectivitiy Box in the center console, which includes a wireless charger for smartphones and a GSM antenna amplifier. In terms of driving aids, the Leon Cupra now also offers a stowage assistant up to 60 km / h, a distance control system, a city emergency brake assist with pedestrian detection as well as a traffic sign detection.
300 hp and all-wheel drive
As far as performance is concerned, the Leon Cupra will be playing at the Golf R level. Its 2.0-liter TSI therefore brings it after the facelift to 300 hp and 380 Newtonmeter. That is ten hp and 30 newtonmeter more than before. The Spaniards are still stubbornly still on the road. They should, however, at least as far as the Kombi version ST is concerned, significantly improve. The cupra with trunk is now also on request also delivered with all-wheel drive. The whole thing only in combination with DSG. The three- and five-door variants, however, remain pure front-wheel drive. The facelift versions of the Seat Leon Cupra will be available from December 2016 onwards. Market launch is in February 2017. Prices have not yet been fixed.