Plug in performance for Cupra Leon

Plug-in performance for Cupra Leon

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Words: NZ Autocar
12 Feb 2020

Cupra, the go-hard arm of Seat, has released the clearest image yet of its new plug-in performance hybrid that will go up against the likes of Focus ST. An official reveal is set for the 20th of this month. Both hatchback and estate-bodied Sportstourer versions will be released.

The lone image, a full frontal shot, shows off a dramatic front bumper that houses a massive front air dam. Above it sits a grille similar to that of the current Seat Leon, but with the copper-coloured Cupra logo in its place.

Other things we already know about the incoming hot Leon include its unique body kit, dual exhaust system, deep rear diffuser and large rear wing. We’d anticipate a unique chassis and suspension set-up, along with upgraded Brembo stoppers.

CEO Wayne Griffiths joked that this will become “the King of Leons”, clearly a fan of the indie band Kings of Leon. Or perhaps Disney’s the Lion King. This adds to the Cupra line-up, which is set to expand gradually beyond Ateca and Leon models.
Cupra has reportedly confirmed that the Leon will use a 1.4-litre TSI engine mated to an electric motor, the system generating 183kW of power and less than 50g/km of CO2, in the laboratory test at least. There’s the possibility of even more power or an electric rear-axle drive, according to Griffiths.

He added that there is also the option of a pure electric Cupra model based on VW’s MEB architecture, akin to the Tavascan concept of 2019.
Along similar lines, the brand has developed an all-electric Cupra e-Racer as part of its motorsport programme.



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