2015 Seat Leon X-Perience soft-roader details

2015 Seat Leon X Perience 1 2015 Seat Leon X Perience soft roader details

2015 Seat Leon X Perience Interior 3 2015 Seat Leon X Perience soft roader details

The Spain based automobile manufacturer SEAT was founded in 1950. It was originally owned by a state owned industrial holding company called ‘INI’ (Instituto Nacional de Industria). By the late 1960’s the company became the top carmaker in Spain and expanded to other parts of Europe. In 1982, the company was taken over by the Volkswagen Group and at present is a group within a group with subsidiaries under it. Till 2006 over 16 million cars had been manufactured under the brand. At present SEAT cars are exported to over seventy countries in the world. Today it is a marketed as a sporty, youthful brand. One of the most well known cars from the brand is the small hatchback ‘SEAT Leon’. The model has received praise from critics and won several awards in various nations. In 2014, the manufacturer will be launching a new estate version of the model, the new ‘SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE ‘. Although it is based on the 2013 ‘Leon ST’ estate, with new features and a modified look it is a different animal on the road. It may not be a fully fledged off-roader but it has the features to handle slippery roads and slightly rougher terrain.

Exterior/Interior

The external design of the ‘Leon’ has always been acclaimed and the design language has been retained in the new model. The lines and seams on the body give the car an energetic look. Despite of its graceful look, it is a car that is fitted for everyday use as well as the occasional leisure. The wheel arches and door sils have protection molding on them. The front fascia has integrated fog lamps, corner light function and large air intakes. There is also an aluminum look front spoiler. The rear has been given a new bumper and chrome pipes. The large sized wheel arches can fit 17” or optional 18” wheels with twin-five spokes.

The manufacturer clearly wanted to make the interior premium and for that purpose new fine quality materials and strong colors were used along with an eye for detail. The high quality fabric upholstery comes with two color options- grey and black. The buyer can choose the seats in black leather or brown Alcantara. The model logo can be seen in the steering wheels and on the door sills. According to SEAT design Head Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, “The Leon X-PERIENCE expands the possibilities of everyday life. We also wanted it to have a look that combined premium elegance with sporty dynamism.”

Engine

SEAT is offering a diverse range of engines to complement the car’s versatile character. The top-of-the-range engine is a 2.0-litre diesel unit that can create power of 182bhp. The engine comes mated with SEAT’s acclaimed six-speed DSG auto transmission. The engine can accelerate from 0 to62mph in an impressive7.1 seconds. The top speed is 139mph. The engine can give fuel return of 55.3mpg and good CO2 emissions of 133g/km. The buyers also have the option of a 2.0-litre diesel unit with six-speed manual transmission that can produce 148 BHP. Those who are looking for a petrol engine will have only one option, a 1.8-litre engine with output of 178 BHP. It is also fitted with the same DSG auto transmission as the diesel engine. It can give fuel return of 41.5mpg and emission of 159g/km of CO2.

Features

The model is fitted with advanced infotainment and safety features. The most notable among them are-

  • 135 watts, ten speaker sound system
  • Innovative full-LED headlights
  • Touch screen display
  • MacPherson-strut suspension
  • Emergency braking function
  • Lane-keeping assistant
  • Drowsiness detection
  • Multi-collision brake
  • ESC electronic stability program

 

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