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New Seat Leon Reportedly On Track For A 2019 Launch 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Seat, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Mii on 11 26th, 2017

Seat is readying the fourth-generation of the Leon, which is expected to arrive within the next 18 months, or approximately 7 years after the current iteration was introduced.

Talking to AutoExpress, Matthias Rabe, the brand’s board member for R&D, explained that the new compact car is part of Seat’s most extensive push in their history, which includes several new or heavily updated vehicles.

“It’s our biggest push ever. We’ve had the Ateca, now Arona, the renewal of Ibiza, the facelifted Leon. But it’s only now that we really accelerate; over the next three years, we’ll see six or seven new models, and most of them will be totally new”, Rabe said, referring to the new-gen Leon and upcoming 3-row SUV, among others.

The 2020 Seat Leon will go down the evolutionary route in terms of styling, according to Rabe, who added that it will be instantly recognizable as a Leon,while sharing a few design elements with some of the latest vehicles currently made by the Spanish car manufacturer.

While it will sport a redesigned bodywork, beneath the skin, the next-gen Leon is expected to maintain the MQB architecture, albeit with a slight improvement in the wheelbase, which is expected to gain a few mm for improved legroom on the rear seat.

The engine lineup will probably include the 1.0 and 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol units along with a 1.6-liter diesel, while the 48V mild hybrid technology that will debut on the next-gen VW Golf could be part of the offerings as well along with a rumored PHEV.

In other related news, Seat’s electrification push will eventually give birth to their first EV, likely based on the Mii. The eMii is believed to debut in 2019, followed by their second electric car, which will share its MEB architecture with the Volkswagen I.D. hatch and other zero-emission cars that are planned by the Group.

Next spring, however, Seat are believed to expand their Cupra lineup, which, in Rabe’s own words, “is not just limited to the Leon”, so we could finally see a hot Ateca on the road.

Note: Third-gen Seat Leon pictured


VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only, Could Gain Crossover Variant 11
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 11 11th, 2017

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Volkswagen was considering pulling the plug on the pint-sized Up!. However, it appears the model might have been given a reprieve.

Automobile is reporting the company was initially considering more exciting variants based on the existing PQ architecture or transitioning the model to the newer MQB platform. Volkswagen’s passenger car boss, Dr. Herbert Diess, reportedly rejected both ideas as he thought the first plan would just result in the status quo while the MQB route would simply be too expensive.

Instead, the executive reportedly suggested an alternative which would see the Up! and its siblings become available exclusively as electric vehicles. The new models will reportedly be positioned as a Smart competitor and be loosely based on the existing e-Up!.

The decision to base the model on the existing EV will cut costs and the car will reportedly benefit from knowledge learned during the development of the MEB platform that will underpin models such as the ID Buzz, ID Crozz, and ID Hatch.

Both three- and five-door models are expected to return and they could eventually be joined by a crossover-inspired variant.

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Seat Announces Leon Cristobol Concept, The Brand’s Safest Vehicle Ever 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Reports, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Seat Mii, Tech on 11 8th, 2017

Seat will present a new concept car based on the Leon, during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from November 14 to 16.

Christened Seat Leon Cristobol, the study is described as being “the safest vehicle in the history of the brand”, whose name comes from “the patron saint of drivers and travelers”.

It features advanced safety equipment such as the Drive Coach, a technology that emits safety warnings and minimizes driver distractions, and Black Box, which sends the recorded data and images to a smartphone, in the event of a crash.

The Spanish automaker has fitted the Leon Cristobol with other safety gizmos that they will detail during the event, when they will also present a smartphone app that’s aimed at improving mobility in Barcelona. The app will inform users of construction work and hazard areas, advising them to change their route.

Seat will also display the zero-emission eMii prototype, before the first cars are delivered to employees of the Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01, to be tested around the city.


Is VW Retiring The Up! City Car From Europe? 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 09 15th, 2017

Increased demand for crossovers and SUVs, combined with the stricter emission rules imposed in Europe, could force Volkswagen to axe the Up! in the market.
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Seat Plotting Four Electric Vehicles, Including Large SUV 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Mii, Seat-Ibiza on 03 29th, 2017

With their confidence boosted by record profits made last year, Seat are shifting into second gear for the development of their first EV.
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Seat eMii Electric City Car Prototype Plugs Into Mobile World Congress 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Mii on 02 27th, 2017

Seat have followed in the footsteps of mother-brand Volkswagen by introducing an all-electric version of the Mii.
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SEAT Said To Be Working On An All-Electric Mii 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii on 02 4th, 2017

Seat have been weighing in on the introduction of their first EV, and it seems that they're reached a decision.
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Seat Starts Selling Cars On Amazon 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Amazon, Seat, Seat Mii on 10 14th, 2016

You can get just about anything on Amazon. Soon there'll even be a world-class car show launching on the online shopping portal's video service. One of the few things you can't order on the site is a new car, but that's changing – at least in one country, and for one model, from one automaker, on a limited basis.
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Seat Planning Additional Ruggedized X-Perience Models 10
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon, Seat Mii, Seat-Ibiza on 10 10th, 2016

Seat showed off another potential X-Perience model at the Paris Motor Show last month. And it's not about to stop there. According to Auto Express, the Spanish brand is planning to expand its ruggedized offerings to include several more in the coming years.
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Seat Makes The Mii Trendier With Cosmopolitan Edition 16
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, Seat, Seat Mii on 09 16th, 2016

Seat's collaboration with Cosmopolitan has led to a special edition of the Mii, which has been developed over the last 18 months and unveiled at the FashFest in London.
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Seat Collaborates With Cosmopolitan Mag To Create Special Edition Mii 1
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, Seat, Seat Mii on 07 1st, 2016

Following a collaboration that began in early 2015, Seat and Cosmopolitan are getting ready to roll out a special edition of the Mii city car.
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Skoda Citigo & SEAT Mii Get Digital Facelifts 27
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Renderings, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo on 02 27th, 2016

After the VW Up!'s recent update, it might be time to imagine its two siblings receiving the same type of treatment.
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Seat Added A Little Chic To Frankfurt With The Mii By Mango 16
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars, Seat, Seat Mii on 09 16th, 2015

Collaborations between fashion designers and car makers have always been a thing in the motoring industry, with Seat and Mango being the latest brands to come up with another four-wheeled Limited Edition accessory.
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