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Next-gen SEAT Leon detailed – a clue into the upcoming Cupra Leon

Jordan Katsianis
22 Mar 2018
Cupra e-Racer - front

Details of SEAT’s next-gen Leon alludes to interesting possibilities for next Cupra Leon


SEAT has divulged new information on the upcoming fourth-generation Leon, giving us a clue to the next Cupra Leon hot hatch, which should arrive late next year or early 2020. The standard Leon is due to reach production next year, but will no longer be available in three-door SC guise, reducing the body variants to just the five-door hatch and SW estate.

SEAT has confirmed that the next Leon will be available in plug-in form, opening the door to a possible integration of hybrid tech in the next generation Cupra variants. Whether this takes the form of a Volkswagen GTE-style warm hatch, or something more in the vein of a mild-hybrid, we can only speculate, but the work completed by SEAT in further integrating electrification could yield interesting possibilities for the next generation of Cupras.

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More certain is the next hot Leon’s move to the Cupra brand, following the Ateca and Ibiza in dropping the SEAT badges as part of the Cupra brand’s separation. This restructure forms a part of SEAT’s aggressive expansion plans due to a recent jump in revenue generated by the Catalan company.

Adding weight to our ruminations about the future of Cupra, SEAT boss Luca de Meo stated at a recent media event that Cupra is ‘a brand that generates more income, attracts new customers, remains committed to motorsport, seamlessly integrates technologies such as electrification, hybridisation, connectivity and driver assistants, and enhances the image, credibility and reputation of the entire SEAT organisation.’

The current, third-generation SEAT Leon was the first model built on the Volkswagen group’s now ubiquitous MQB platform. This modular platform has proven hugely successful for SEAT, with the current model selling in greater numbers than previous Leons, and provided a solid platform for the Cupra models to grow in capability and variation. We expect the next-generation Cupra Leon to have a similar effect, perhaps bringing the type of hybrid tech currently being integrated in large performance cars to a more accessible place in the market.  

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