Production lines at the Martorell facility in Spain sparked into life this week in preparation for the launch of the stylish five-door hatchback.
Set to go on sale in the UK in 2013, the new Seat Leon will replace the current generation in the range with a new look, more frugal engines and extra equipment.
A five-door version will be the first to arrive in the UK followed by sportier three-door and estate versions later in 2013.
Based on the same platform as the all-new 2013 Volkswagen Golf, the Seat Leon brings Seat’s typically attractive design to the small family car segment.
This includes an aggressive front end with angular headlamps, trapezoidal grille and distinctive bonnet creases.
A large windscreem, couoe-like roofline and ground-hugging silhouette position the Leon at the sportier end of the family car market.
Expected to be priced from around £15,000 the new Seat Leon will bring impressive running costs to the UK. An Ecomotive diesel option will be the most efficient in the range and will deliver up to 74mpg and road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions.
Petrol engines will also be made available along with a choice of five- or six-speed manual gearboxes and six- or seven-speed DSG twin clutch gearboxes depending on the engine chosen.
The Seat Leon will have a generous level of equipment for 2013 including a touch-screen media system, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, voice recognition software and satellite navigation depending on the specification chosen.
The new Seat Leon will go on sale in the UK early in 2013 and can be ordered at Perrys Seat dealerships. It joins other new Seat cars set to be launched in 2013 including the new Seat Toledo four-door saloon.