Going electric is not just a GM or a Tesla thing. Spanish automaker Seat revealed today its own all electrically-driven vehicle prototype. We’re talking about the Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive vehicle equipped with a lithium-ion battery for urban circuits, connected ingeniously to an internal combustion engine for interurban trips, with optimum consumption level.
The traditional combustion engine has been replaced by an electric one that develops 46 hp and helps the car to hit a top speed of 62 mph. Th autonomy of this car is 31 miles.
The Twin Drive Ecomotive project is a first step towards a 100% electric car, and consists of the development of a hybrid vehicle combining the well-tested efficiency of SEAT’s Ecomotive cars with the advantages offered by electrical propulsion.
Seat, the Spanish cousin in the Volkswagen family, is not always missed on these shores, but this is different. This week it revealed a sportier version of the Leon hatchback: the Linea R. Like most Seats, this reaches deep into VW’s parts bin, and in this case it came up with a few winners.
The car comes with the option of two gas engines a 160 hp 1.8 TSI and 200 hp 2.0 TSI from the GTI. The 2.0 can be had with either a manual or DSG twin clutch automatic gearbox. If you still need an oil burner, a 170 hp 2.0 TDI diesel can also be had.
Standard equipment include: ABS and TCS, ESP, low tyre pressure warning, double front airbag, side front airbags and headbags, foglights, dual zone climate control, cruise control, CD MP3 radio and aux-in, and 8 speakers.
Although Je Design already unveiled its customization program for the Euro-only Seat Leon, the German tuning company updated today its kit for the Leon. The new program includes a carbon foil in various color serving as an alternative paint, new daytime running LEDs, and a new ECU tweaking boosting the 2.0-liter diesel engine from 140 hp to 175 hp and 405 Nm of torque.
Customers who want more can choose from five wheel-sets, measuring 17, 18 and 19 inches fitted with 225/35 R 19 Y tires. Regarding the old kit, everything remained the same: re-designed front bumper, side skirts and a custom built rear bumper with integrated 4-pipe exhaust system.
Since is nice to keep tabs on carmakers even if you can’t but their products in the U.S., it’s also good to see how they are being modified. RDX Racedesign has a new body kit for the Seat Leon 1P. The new kit consists in a new front bumper, with integrated daytime running LEDs just like the Audi S6, new turbo-look side skirts and a re-designed rear bumper with integrated rear air diffuser and central exhaust system. Price of the kit: 790 euros or $1,167. And of course, all the parts come with TUV approval.
Seat presented in Madrid a new version for the Leon. Named Linea R, the new sporting package comes to complete the already rich offer of the Spanish maker.
Linea R will join versions like FR powered by either a 2.0 liters TFSI engine or s 2.0 liter TDI engine and the Sport-Plus powered by a 1,8 liters TFSI engine that delivers 160 hp.
Linea R is a new body kit offered for the Leon. On the exterior it includes sporty double exhaust, new aileron that continues from the roof, 18" alloy wheels. On the interior it features aluminum decorations that want to brighten the black interior, steering-wheel covered in leather.
The Seat Leon Copa is a special edition created with the ocassion of the SEAT Leon Supercopa season that will take place this week-end at the Hockenheimring. The Leon Copa will be limited to only 55 units.
The Leon Copa will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo FSI engine developing 285 hp and 360 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 157 mph and can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds.
April 1st was a very interesting day regarding automotive news. We can’t tell you for sure if the things are for real or not, but we will let you be the judge of that! It all started with the Kia KEE_wii, a concept that incorporates a new, dynamic and more involving drive system, called Dynamic On-Road Kinetics.
And then it was the Smart Two tuning kit by RENNTECH. It is powered by two (2) 1000cc, 3 cyl. Smart engines, each mated to its own 5-speed, automated transmission. The end result is a twin-engined, 182 hp AWD street machine that zips from zero to sixty in an astonishing (and terrifying!) 5.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 138 mph.
Seat, the innovative brand of VW, revealed today something unique. We don’t know exactly if this is a trick due to April Fool’s day, but according to the Spanish manufacturer an elite team of technicians working at the company developed a special paint which constantly adapts to mimic the car’s surroundings.
Unfortunately this can’t be catalogated as a great invention because cars wearing this technology will be hard to see in traffic. An interesting question would be: will the car ever be caught on the speeding camera?
Seat UK revealed a new race-bred Leon special edition: the Leon FR550 - ‘550’ representing the total number of these models being made available. The new FR550 is based on the popular Leon FR TDI, with a raft of unique styling and equipment additions ensuring it looks every inch the track star.
Under the bonnet, and continuing the diesel theme, the ‘550’ shares the same 170 PS, turbo charged 2.0-litre TDI that powers the Leon FR TDI. Performance, therefore, is distinctly spirited.
This 135 mph car blasts from rest to 62 mph in a mere 8.2 seconds, yet is also capable of offering fully 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle, and as much as 56.5 mpg out of town. All this, and CO2 emissions of just 161 g/km, add up to a tempting ‘hot hatch with a conscience’.
Seat UK today added a new limited edition to the Leon Cupra line-up: the K1, a styling kit version that adds to the model an even more sporty look. The body kitted K1 costs £20,495.
The SEAT Leon Cupra K1 features extensively re-worked front and rear bumpers, smart side skirts, a more pronounced tailgate spoiler and unique chrome-tipped, centrally-mounted, oval exhaust. It is offered in a range of eye-catching colors: Inferi Black, Emocion Red, Luna Grey and Candy White.