Seat revives the Toledo with exciting new concept

Sitting somewhere between the new Seat Ibiza supermini and the new Seat Leon small family car, the new Seat Toledo is a mix of saloon styling and a hatchback rear end.

The result is a family car with a larger boot than a typical saloon would offer. The new Toledo comes with 500 litres of boot space – not far off a Focus-size hatchback.

The new Toledo is the fourth car to bear the name but it moves away from the people-carrier design of the previous generation model to be replaced by a more sporty, sleeker model.

The new Seat Toledo comes with Seat’s new design language including a lower grille and angular, aggressive headlamps at the front.

However, the focus is very much on practicality with large rear doors for easier access and at 4.48 metres long, it is capable of seating four passengers.

Seat calls the 2012 Toledo a concept but has confirmed it is ‘close to production’, leading to speculation a full, showroom-ready version could be revealed by the end of the year.

When it does enter production, Seat is expected to use its engine expertise to deliver low-CO2 and high fuel economy in the new Toledo.

The Ecomotive badge used for ultra-efficient Seat Ibiza and Seat Leon models is expected to appear on the Toledo. The low-CO2 Ecomotive diesel engines currently deliver road tax-free driving for the Ibiza and the Leon.

James Muir, President of SEAT, S.A. says the Seat will also be affordable for Seat customers visiting Seat UK dealerships.

He said: “The Seat Toledo Concept illustrates our idea of the perfect mid-range car. It is an excellent combination of emotional design, top-level usability and dynamic driving characteristics.

“The subsequent production model, our new Toledo, will write a whole new success story with its clear Seat identity, its excellent quality standard and exceptional value-for-money.”