SEAT has created a three-door version of its popular Leon model, with the introduction of the Leon SC (Sports Coupé).
Using the same MQB platform, but with a slightly reduced (-35 mm) wheel base of 2600 mm, lower roofline and more inclined rear end, it still retains 380 litres of boot capacity enjoyed by its five-door counterpart. The lack of doors and revised c-pillar really gives the SC a look of Audi’s A3, which is no bad thing, but from the windscreen forward everything is familiar Leon fare, including that sculpted face with LED daytime running lights. Again, full-LED headlights and wedge-shaped rear light units available as an optional extra.
Engine choices are carried over too, starting with a 1.6 TDI generating 77 kW (105 hp) and 250 Nm of torque, followed by the brawnier 2.0 TDI developing 110 kW (150 hp) and 320 Nm. Moving to the petrol units, we begin with the 1.2 TSI with either 63 kW (86 hp) or 77 kW (105 hp), then a 1.4 TSI delivering 90 kW (122 hp) or 103 kW (140 hp). Top of the tree is the 1.8 TSI, which musters up 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm. Transmissions include a five- and six-speed manual and six and seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Due to go on sale in the summer, following its Geneva Motor Show debut next month, three trim levels will be available: the S, SE and FR version, which comes with sportier bumpers, lowered suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and SEAT’s Drive Profile, which allows the driver to tailor the power steering, throttle response and engine sound to suit their individual preferences.