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2020 SEAT Leon Leaked Ahead of Debut, Looks Similar to the Golf

Spanish carmaker SEAT has less than a month before it wants to officially show its a new Leon hatchback, its best selling car. But the Mk4 model has already leaked out, with a few revealing photos making their way online. Our American readers obviously don't care about this, but the car will be sold in Mexico.
2020 SEAT Leon leaked Ahead of Debut, Looks Similar to the Golf 5 photos
2020 SEAT Leon Leaked Ahead of Debut, Looks Similar to the Golf2020 SEAT Leon Leaked Ahead of Debut, Looks Similar to the Golf2020 SEAT Leon Leaked Ahead of Debut, Looks Similar to the Golf2020 SEAT Leon Leaked Ahead of Debut, Looks Similar to the Golf
The Leon is very closely related to the Volkswagen Golf 8, and it doesn't seem to have a clear way of differentiating itself cosmetically from its cousins. In fact, it kind of looks like the 2020 Skoda Octavia too in the way the grille and bumper are shaped.

Perhaps the only stand-out feature of the Leon 4 are the wraparound taillights, but you can get those on Korean and French cars too. Ever since the Tarraco, the brand has shown almost no interest in sporty styling. Sure, timeless cars have better resale values. But why buy a Golf-like SEAT when you can just buy the Golf?

All three of them plus the Audi A3 are still based on the MQB platform. By sharing costs, VW is able to turn a profit. While the architecture isn't all-new, the engines they'll put into these cars are.

Both the 1.0 TSI 3-cylinder and the 1.5 TSI should be offered with mild-hybrid technology on the SEAT. Most likely, the 2-liter will be their own diesel engine, producing either 116 or 150 hp.

The more powerful engines such as the 1.8 TSI are obviously going to be cut from the roster, but you should at least get 200 hp from a plug-in 1.4-liter or 245 hp in the Cupra Leon, also a plug-in. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. We're talking about one of the old kinds of the hot hatch segment, which for a couple of years was available with over 300 horsepower.

Since most engines will have 150 hp or less, SEAT will have no need for an independent rear suspension, which gave Leons of old their legendary handling. But at least the interior will feel a little special - dual monitors, a new type of DSG shifter and gesture/voice controls like in premium vehicles.

 
 
 
 
 

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