The new SEAT Leon SC Coupé will go on sale in Ireland on 1st July, 2013 with a starting price of €18,645.
This is the first time that there has been a Coupé version of the Leon, which was launched in 5-door guise back in February and has been a hit with Irish motorists since it was launched with an almost 100 per cent increase in sales since the start of 2012. The range will be rounded-off by an estate model, the Sports Tourer in the autumn.
There will be a choice of engines in the Leon SC ranging from the 1.2 TSI petrol engine with either 86bhp or 105bhp, right up to the 1.8 TSI 180bhp petrol engine. In between these are 1.6-litre 90bhp and 105bhp diesels and a 2.0-litre 184bhp diesel that puts out an impressive 380Nm of torque. At €28,295 the 184bhp diesel is one of the best value performance diesel cars on the market.
There is a choice of three trim levels, Reference, Style and FR. Standard specification on all new Leon models is very generous and includes 6 Airbags (2 front + 2 side + 2 curtain), air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel and on board computer, the Media System Colour with 5” Colour touch screen (MP3, USB / SD card / Bluetooth (phone & audio streaming) / CD / Aux-in, 6 speakers.
The Style version adds front fog lamps with cornering function, storage box under front seats, interior differentiation (colour and trim and chromed package), cruise control, leather steering wheel, gear knob & hand brake in leather, 16” Design alloy wheels, XDS (electronic differential lock) and Hill Hold. There is also a driver seat lumbar adjustment and Driver & Passenger seat height adjustment.
The top spec FR model features Aluminium FR door step in the front doors, lights sensors, rain sensors, auto dimming rear-view mirrors, rear park distance control, dark tinted windows, SEAT Drive Profile which adjusts steering response, throttle response, multicolour ambient light (red for sport, white for comfort) in door panels, leather FR steering wheel, gear knob & hand brake in leather, Dynamic 17” alloy wheels, a visible chromed double exhaust pipe, FR suspension, full front and rear LED lights with LED daytime running lights, electric heated and folded exterior mirrors with parking position, 2 Zone Climatic Air Conditioning, 5.8” Colour touch screen (MP3, USB / SD card / Bluetooth (phone & audio streaming) / CD / Aux-in, 8 speakers.
The SC FR features the SEAT Drive Profile which offers the chance to adapt the settings to suit individual preferences. It allows the driver to vary the characteristics of the power steering and throttle response which is modulated across three modes – eco, comfort and sport. In sport mode, the interior lighting in the door panels change to a red hue to give a more dynamic feeling.
The interior will also feature the SEAT Easy Connect infotainment system which features a touch sensitive screen of up to 5.8 inches for control of the entertainment, communication and navigation functions, as well as a variety of other vehicle functions. The top versions feature proximity sensors to make operation even more intuitive.