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2013 SEAT Leon SC three-door
The mk3 SEAT Leon sees a three-door SC version sold for the first time. Official pictures and details
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.