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SEAT Leon Cross Sport Concept Packs 300 HP and a Four-Wheel Drive System

SEAT has kept clear of the 4x4 segment with the missable exception of the Altea Freetrack, but now is quickly making up for lost time.
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After releasing the Leon X-PERIENCE last year, SEAT is opening the four-by-four floodgates on their way to launching the company's first true SUV, based on the 20V20 concept.

Until then, though, we'll have to make do with this SEAT Leon Cross Sport Concept, and truth be told, we have no reasons to complain. Think of the SEAT LCSC (we'll go with the short version) as a cross between the Leon Cupra and the X-PERIENCE mentioned above.

It borrows the rugged appearance of the four-wheel drive estate and mates it with the wonderful 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine pumped up to 300hp and 280lb-ft (380 Nm). It's got a three-door body with slightly jacked up suspensions and some protective plastic panels on the side.

Having driven the SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE, we can assure you this isn't as far-fetched as it may seem. The 4WD SEAT estate handles surprisingly well and the chassis felt like it could handle more power with minor adjustments. The X-PERIENCE used a 2.0 TDI unit with 184hp and the same 280lb-ft (still 380 Nm) as the petrol engine in the Cupra.

So this car has all the makings to be a real hit. It's a crossover in the purest sense of the word, but comes with the kind of performances that will take a lot of people by surprise based solely on the way it looks.

The performance figures quoted by the Czech website autoforum are truly impressive: 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) takes just 4.9 seconds thanks to a latest generation Haldex 4WD system and the ubiquitous DSG dual-clutch transmission.

Since this is a leak, expect further information shortly as the Frankfurt Motor Show is getting ready for the big day. The car appears to be close to production ready, so it shouldn't be long until we get to see the SEAT Leon Cross Sport Concept on the streets, without that last word in its name.

 
 
 
 
 

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