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Cupra teases new Leon family ahead of reveal

Cupra teases new Leon family ahead of reveal


A week before the full unveiling of the new range of vehicles, Cupra has released a taster of its new Leon.

To be offered in hatchback and Sportstourer estate guises, the Cupra Leon is based on the recently revealed model from Seat that’s built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, alongside many other Volkswagen Group models.

The teaser image shows a shadowed view of the Cupra’s front end, which, when compared to the Seat version, is sharper thanks to more aggressive front inlets.

But the major changes will come under the bonnet. After the previous Seat Leon Cupra was only offered with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the new model is set to come with a ‘high-performance plug-in hybrid’.

That setup is set to be the same as in the Formentor SUV concept, which used a 1.4-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor. The powertrain can develop up to a claimed 242bhp, while offering impressively low emissions for a performance model.

To set the Cupra version apart from the Seat Leon even further, this model is set to come with sportier components, such as performance brakes, a unique body kit and sports suspension.

Wayne Griffiths, Cupra CEO, said: “The Leon Cupra has been a bestseller, with close to 44,000 units sold of the last generation.

“With the launch of the new Cupra Leon, we will strengthen the Cupra brand, by giving a new identity to a very emblematic car.”

The Cupra Leon family is to be unveiled at a special event on February 20.