Seat reveals updated Exeo for 2012

The Seat Exeo saloon and ST were first released in 2009 but it has taken just two years before the front end was updated.

The new-look Seat Exeo now boasts LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps at the front as well as new alloy wheels.

Inside, the new Exeo receives leather upholstery and more premium materials in keeping with Seat’s target market of UK business.

The biggest changes however, come under the new exterior, where the Spanish manufacturer says the new 2.0-litre diesel engine will lower CO2 emissions to below 130g/km for the first time.

A fuel economy figure just 60mpg has also been quoted for the 2.0-litre diesel, but it will not be the most efficient in the range.

That honour goes to the expected Ecomotive version, the name given to the most frugal and cleanest model in the line up. Seat hopes to achieve sub-120g/km of CO2 emissions in the Ecomotive version when it arrives.

This will be helped by the introduction of Start/Stop technology to the Seat Exeo range for the Ecomotive version. Seat plans to launch three turbodiesels and three petrol engines when the full range is launched early in 2012.

Seat UK managing director Peter Wyhinny said: “The arrival of the Exeo marked Seat’s debut in a new and hard-fought market segment, and the success of the fleet-friendly saloon and estate range is already clear.

“Now, with this great new look and impressive engineering changes I’m sure the Exeo will draw the crowds to both our Frankfurt show stand and, in due course, our UK dealerships.”