The SEAT Leon SC will debut at next month’s Geneva motor show. It’s the first time the Leon has been sold as a three-door, arriving as the third-generation hatchback enters the market.
As well as a pair of back doors, the SC sees the Leon lose 35mm from its wheelbase, to the benefit of both agility and style, if SEAT’s claims are true. The five-door’s headroom and 380-litre boot remain intact, though rear legroom will likely suffer.
Other than that, very little changes from the mk3 Leon five-door. All engines are turbocharged and use direct injection; petrol-fuelled TSI options are a 104bhp 1.2, 138bhp 1.4 and 178bhp 1.8-litre, while TDI diesel choices are a 104bhp 1.6 and a 2.0-litre in 148 and 181bhp states of tune.
Sharing its front-wheel-drive MQB chassis structure with the new Audi A3, VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, the Leon SC comes as standard with a manual gearbox (five or six-speed depending on specification) with the VW Group’s DSG twin-clutch transmission (six or seven speeds) an option.
S, SE and FR trims are available in the UK for now, while a Cupra hot hatch version is likely in a year or two. It should possess around 250bhp to help it battle the Vauxhall Astra VXR and Renaultsport Megane 265.
The SEAT Ibiza SC costs £500 less than its five-door sibling; apply the same pricing to the Leon and this new SC will start at a smidge over £15,000 for the 1.2 TSI, rising to around £22,000 for the 181bhp 2.0 TDI FR. Ticking the DSG option box equates to a £1250 premium.
More SEAT Leon SC details and pictures will be revealed as the car premieres at the 2013 Geneva motor show in March, with live show reports on evo.co.uk.