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Seat Leon ST Cupra R Could Take ‘Ring Record Back From AMG 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 11 21st, 2017


Mercedes recently took the Nürburgring lap record for wagons with the E63 S Estate. Before that, it belonged to the Seat Leon ST Cupra. But Seat has a new performance wagon in the works that could claim the record back again.

According to Auto Express, the Spanish automaker is working on a new Leon ST Cupra R that – if put into production – would be the fastest, most powerful model in Seat’s lineup.

Though the Leon hatchback isn’t piped for all-wheel drive, the wagon version is. That could allow the Leon ST Cupra R to put 335 horsepower down to the tarmac through all four wheels, eclipsing the 276-hp output of the previous ‘Ring-conquering wagon and the 306 hp in the latest Cupra R hot hatch.

That’d still fall far short of the AMG, whose size, price, and 604 horsepower put it in another league. But the smaller, more agile Seat only has to shave a baker’s dozen seconds off its lap time (previously clocked at 7:58) to catch the Merc’s 7:45.

‘Ring records aside, we hope Seat approves this beast for production, because the prospect of a Golf-sized wagon with that much more power than the Golf R’s 292 hp and the cargo capacity of a small crossover sounds mighty enticing to us.

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Seat Leon Cristobal Concept Is The Safest Car In The Company’s History 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Tech on 11 14th, 2017


SEAT has unveiled the Leon Cristobal concept at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

Named after the patron saint of drivers, the Leon Cristobal concept is being billed as the safest car in the company’s history as it features six different systems that have been designed to reduce the risks of being involved in a collision. The systems are probably not what you would expect but they target the main causes of accidents such as drowsiness, distractions, speeding, and alcohol consumption.

In order to tackle these problems, which cause 80% of all traffic accidents, the concept features a built-in breathalyzer that will prevent the car from being used if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Another unique feature is the so-called “drive-coach” which is a voice assistant that provides personalized safety warnings.

Designers also installed a video camera-based display mirror that eliminates blind spots and provides a better field of vision. There’s also a Mentor mode that allows parents to limit the vehicle’s speed and monitor its location when their children are driving . Another interesting mode is the Guardian Angel setting which activates all 15 of the car’s active and passive safety systems.

Should something go wrong, the concept’s black box will send images and data to a smartphone following a collision.

Besides showcasing the Leon Cristobal concept, the company showed 10 eMii prototypes which will soon become available to employees of Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01 as part of a car-sharing project. The Smart City Expo also held the Autonomous Driving Challenge grand finale which tasked 50 students from nine universities to develop autonomous driving software that could drive a scale model vehicles through a closed course.

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Seat’s Most Powerful Leon Cupra R Limited To Just 24 Examples In The UK 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, prices, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, UK on 11 14th, 2017


Seat’s most powerful road car to date, the new Leon Cupra R, will also be one of its most exclusive as well as they will build 799 examples, with just 24 of them allocated to the UK.

Technically speaking if you want to have the most powerful Seat of all time, then you must order the Leon Cupra R with the six-speed manual option as only then it offers the full 310PS (306hp). UK customers have this problem solved for them as all examples destined for their market are manual only.

Seat will build 499 manual Cupra Rs in total, with the rest 300 units fitted with a six-speed DSG, which drops the power figure to a round 300PS (296hp). Both versions are front-wheel drive and fitted with the adaptive DCC suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Priced at £34,995 OTR, the new Seat Leon Cupra R can be distinguished from its lesser siblings by the carbon and copper detailing outside, along with copper-black 19-inch alloy wheels. There are two metallic paint options: Monsoon Grey or Midnight Black and they are included in the price.

The interior also gets upgraded with the same copper treatment on the dashboard, center console and door panel stitching while other touches include Alcantara for the steering wheel, gear lever and front bucket seats. An obligatory numbered plaque is also present.

Technical differences are also present, with the Leon Cupra R coming with a reprogrammed adaptive steering system, modified camber angles for the front axle, new Brembo brakes and a retuned exhaust that allows a racier note from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. 0-62mph comes in 5.8 seconds while top speed is an electronically limited 155mph (250km/h).

UK orders have opened with Seat expecting to deliver the first of the 24 Leon Cupra Rs in January 2018.

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VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only, Could Gain Crossover Variant 11
Nov
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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Facelifted Seat Leon Cupra Muscled Up With 375 Horses 10
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in JE-Design, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, tuning on 11 10th, 2017


After it went through a facelift last December, the 2017 Seat Leon Cupra has now fallen into the tuning hands of Je Design.

The aftermarket company has released a 2-stage power upgrade for the Spanish hot hatch, which lifts the stock 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque to 360PS (355hp) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque, in the most humble offering.

Stage 2, on the other hand, is more exciting, as it raises the output to 380PS (375hp) and 470Nm (345lb-ft) of torque. This makes it just 20PS (20hp) and 10Nm (7lb-ft) of torque less powerful than one of the compact hot hatch kings, the new Audi RS3 Sportback, which uses a larger 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, unlike the Leon’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit.

Choosing Stage 1 means that top speed will also increase to 265km/h (165mph), while Stage 2 allows the car to reach 280 or 285km/h (174-177mph), by raising the electronic limit.

Making Je Design’s Seat Leon Cupra more sonorous is a stainless steel exhaust, with sound flap system, controlled via the OE Seat driving profile selection system. Customers can choose between four 80mm diameter outlets, or two oval tailpipes of 140×90 or 160x90mm, on each side.

Among the key features added to its exterior are the widened wheel arches, prominent side skirts, new front bumper, gloss black rear diffuser inserts, and adjustable tailgate-mounted spoiler. Je Design has also equipped the Leon with a set of 10×20-inch wheels, wrapped in 265/25 Hankook S1-Evo tires.

Finally, the car has been given a sport spring set, which lowers the ride height by 20mm (0.8in). Owners can also have a KW DDC fully adjustable coilover suspension, which brings the Leon Cupra 45mm (1.8in) closer to the road, compared to the stock model.

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Seat Announces Leon Cristobol Concept, The Brand’s Safest Vehicle Ever 8
Nov
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.

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Can Seat’s Facelifted Leon Cupra Keep Up With The Best? 5
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in reviews, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 11 5th, 2017


That’s a tough one to answer considering that it falls in the same pit as the Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS, but it might very well be a smart choice.

For starters, the facelifted Seat Leon Cupra is based on the Volkswagen Golf R. It comes with a toned down exterior that could allow it to fly under the radar, and things don’t look that sporty inside either.

In fact, the only changes in the cabin compared to the previous model is the introduction of a new infotainment system, with a larger display, and the removal of the traditional handbrake, which is now electronic.

Seat offers 3 versions of the car – 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, and a more practical and roomier estate, with the latter adding all-wheel drive. All of them are nicely equipped and share the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque, mated to either a manual or a DSG automatic dual-clutch gearbox, which is apparently sublime.

And while it doesn’t stand out over its rivals until now, wait until you hit the road, because the ‘new’ Seat Leon Cupra doesn’t just love straight-line acceleration, as it’s a huge fan of bends too. Handling and grip are said to be superb, according to CarBuyer’s latest review, and in comfort mode, the ride is close to perfection, thanks to the standard adaptive suspension.

So, there you have it, the Spanish proposal is a mature hot hatch with a discreet design and the necessary know-how beneath the updated sheet metal, but is this enough to make you want it over some of its more established rivals?

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New Seat Arona Review Is Filled With Positive Notes 28
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, reviews, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Videos, video on 10 28th, 2017


Under the guidance of the Volkswagen Group, Seat has come up with two SUVs, the Ateca and Arona, while a third one is currently under development.
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New Seat Arona Review Is Filled With Positive Notes 28
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, reviews, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Videos, video on 10 28th, 2017


Under the guidance of the Volkswagen Group, Seat has come up with two SUVs, the Ateca and Arona, while a third one is currently under development.
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Seat Could Move HQ From Catalonia If Legal Security Is Under Threat 27
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Seat on 10 27th, 2017


Seat may be forced to move its headquarters away from Catalonia in the midst of political unrest in the north-eastern region of Spain.
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Seat Arona Arrives In UK, Pricing Starts At £16,555 24
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, Seat, Seat Arona, UK on 10 24th, 2017


Seat have opened the order books for their new subcompact crossover, the Arona, ahead of its official UK launch scheduled for November 17.
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Catalonia Crisis Causes SEAT To Delay Announcement Of New SUV’s Name 17
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Reports, Seat on 10 17th, 2017


Seat will delay the announcement of their new SUV's name due to the ongoing political crisis over Catalonia.
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SEAT To Launch Coupe SUV In 2020, Possibly Under Cupra Brand 15
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, Seat on 10 15th, 2017


Seat is working on an SUV Coupe model that plans to put into production by 2020, according to the brand’s R&D boss Matthias Rabe.
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VW Group Seeking Ways To Defuse Tensions Between Its Brands 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, Seat, Skoda, VW on 10 13th, 2017


VW Group will focus on making VW, Skoda and Seat more distinct in order to reduce tensions within the company.
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New Seat Arona Priced From £16,555 OTR In The UK 4
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, prices, Seat, Seat Arona, UK on 10 4th, 2017


Seat’s second SUV, the new sub-compact Arona is set to hit the UK market on November 17, with prices kicking off at £16,555 OTR.
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