If you’re a hatchback fan and love sporty ones even more, coming months promise to have a lot in store for you. While the VW is all set to launch the Golf R and GTI, SEAT is ready with the new Cupra Leon. If you take the indications seriously, SEAT seems to be looking towards making Cupra into a separate brand. The hot descendants will debut only after their original models have spent a year and the same plan is likely to be followed with the next-gen Skoda Octavia RS.
The Automotive Mike catches more than a glimpse of the new Cupra Leon in his video:
You can see the Martorell member, much like its Czech RS relative carries “ST” suffix. The new-age Cupra Leon is seen riding low with a set of Brembo calipers on front axle enhancing its looks. However, the prototype in the video looks more like SEAT’s badged model, which was spied earlier.
The dual exhausts that are seen to be crudely fixed at the back of the car will obviously be integrated with much better engineering when the new Leon is ready for production. It looks a lot sharper and hot than the earlier model even without the final finish.
Luca de Meo, the SEAT CEO had declared their plans to integrating a plug-in power-train that would electrify the new Cupra Leon. However, nothing of the sort could be spotted on the car in this video. It’s also likely that SEAT is looking to launch two variants of the new Leon; one with electrification setup and the other without it.
The hybrid variant of the new Leon is sure to offer a minimum of 242 horsepower, which is already there in Cupra Formentor. The Cupra Leon R might cross 300 HP with the four-wheel drive.
Luca de Meo had also promised that the standard Leon will be launched early next year, while the Cupra badged model will hit the roads late in 2020. The badged version will be available in hot hatch as well as wagon avatars.