Cupra Leon murky teaser image gives us our clearest look yet at the hot, plug-in hybrid Ford Focus ST rival before 20 February reveal
SEAT performance arm Cupra has teased the next hot version of the new Leon, which is due to pack plug-in hybrid power for the first time. Due to be revealed on 20 February, the new Cupra Leon will be unleashed in both hatchback and estate-bodied Sportstourer versions.
A single image has been released, showing a dramatic front bumper that appears to house a huge front air dam. Above it will sit a grille likely to be similar to the one on the latest SEAT Leon, but sporting the copper-coloured Cupra logo instead.
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The teaser follows on from previous spy shots of a camouflaged prototype. This revealed to us that the Cupra-branded Leon would be set apart from its SEAT stablemates by a unique bodykit, spoty dual exhaust system, a deeper rear diffuser and a larger rear wing. We can also expect to see a unique chassis and suspension setup along with a set of upgraded Brembo brakes.
The Cupra Leon is a car which, according to brand CEO Wayne Griffiths, will become “the King of Leons.” Griffiths added, “with the launch of the new Cupra Leon, we will strengthen the CUPRA brand, by giving a new identity to a very emblematic car.”
In an exclusive discussion with Auto Express in 2019, Cupra boss Griffiths confirmed that the Leon will use the same powertrain first seen in the Cupra Formentor concept. It will comprise a 1.4-litre TSI engine with an electric motor and produce “up to 245bhp and less than 50g/km of CO2 emissions.”
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However, Griffiths suggested that Cupra could push the Leon’s power output higher than the Spanish brand’s performance coupe-SUV, stating: “We have to look as well at performance hybrids. At the moment, the combined performance is good but we could do even more. There’s a lot of stuff we could look at – electric rear-axle drive, for example.”
Griffiths also explained that discussions are “ongoing” about an all-electric Cupra-branded model based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB architecture, which was first shown to the world in the shape of the Tavascan concept.
Alongside the reveal of the road-going Cupra Leon, the brand is also set to reveal its motorsport programme, including the Cupra Leon Competición and the all-electric Cupra e-Racer.
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