The 7 key points you should know about a Seat Leon

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The 3 generations of the Seat Leon.

just a few months Ago Seat launched the restyling of the third generation of the Lion, the successful model of the C-segment of the Spanish brand, that next to the Ibiza make up the backbone of the sales of the signature. There are about 2 million vehicles sold as of a model that was born in the late TWENTIETH century that has become one of the flagships of the firm in foreign markets.

, Based on the same platform that can be found in the Volkswagen Golf, the Spanish brand has always gained commercial success with the Lion, though its development and design has always been the hallmark of Martorell.

Of the Lion current, we can highlight seven key points to better understand the Spanish model.

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The Leon mk1 was the one that started it all.

1.The wider range of its history.

The third generation of the Lion enjoy the most comprehensive range that has been the model ever. Counting with versions of bodywork hatchback 3 and 5 doors, in addition to alternative family ST. To these we must add the version jacket X-Perience on the ST variant, with protections plastic and suspension high.

In regards to their versions, we find a wide range of mechanical which includes blocks diesel, gasoline, and even versions of compressed natural gas, with a range of powers ranging from 90 horsepower up to 300 HP for the sports version Cupra.

2.Lighter and more efficient

The third generation came in 2012 on improving all points of the previous model. With more equipment, but thanks to its new platform, could boast of being more lightweight. Up to 90 kilograms less compared with the Lion of second-generation.

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The current Lion is lighter and uses less.

The lighter versions leave her weight official 1.213 kg, with an average power above 100 hp. Versions more frugal leave your average fuel consumption in around 3.6 liters per 100 km.

3.Sales success

From that came to the market in 1999, Seat has marketed model’s 1.8 million copies, improving the figures generation to generation. The Lion of the first generation, on sale from 1999 to 2005, there were 534.797 units. The Lion of the second generation increased the number to 140,000 units between 2005 and 2015.

The third and current generation has already sold in just four years (2012 – 2016) more copies than the first generation to the full, with 566.931 units delivered until 2016. The last year has been their very best year, improving the previous year, by 3 percent, reaching 165,000 of units. The best year of all the history of the brand.

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the evolution of The species.

4.International model

The Lion is a success in our country, in 2016, closing the year with more than 33,000 units sold, however, the true key of the Lion is his international success. So 80 percent of the production of the model is intended for export, and not to the domestic market.

In 2016 Seat sold in Germany, its main market, more than 135,000 units.

5.Sport background

In the same way that Ibiza reaped great successes in the World Rally championship in the nineties, with three World Championships in a row in the 2-litre category, the Lion also has tasted the sweetness of success at the international level.

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The Seat Leon was also Champion of the World.

After the successful campaign in the World Rally championship, Seat Sport was passed to the circuits in the TWENTY-first century, achieved in 2008 and 2009, the World Touring car Championship (WTCC), as well as being the first vehicle in history to win it equipped with a diesel engine.

6.Record on the green hell

Seat won the title of vehicle front-wheel-drive faster on the path Norsdchleife at the Nürburgring in 2014 with the Lion. The Seat Leon CUPRA, driven by Jordi Gené, achieved a time of 7:58 minutes, and just a year later, a Seat had the Leon ST CUPRA at the same circuit where he became the family more quickly of the layout with a time of 7:58:12.

7.Curiosities

The third and current generation of the Leon has been the first model of its segment to incorporate headlights Full LED and is one of the few that still preserves the option of bodywork hatchback of three doors, in addition to the variant crossover-X-Perience, a version that few models offered in the market.