• May 17th 2006 at 6:36PM
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Volkswagen subsidiary SEAT is showing off its latest and greatest at its hometown Madrid Motor Show this week. Highlighting the company's announcements is its new Leon FR model.

The sporty hatchback is powered by either a new 200 hp 2-liter TFSI gasoline engine or SEAT's 170 hp 2-liter TDI diesel. The top-line TFSI powerplant is good for 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a respectable 7.3 seconds. Performance trim includes 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, and a very nice-looking set of sport seats.

SEAT's Advanced Front Lighting System is a pretty cool feature for a mid-market brand - the bi-xenon headlights are integrated with the vehicle's chassis dynamics system to adjust headlight beam direction, not only steering the headlights into a corner, but also adjusting the height of the beam as the car's load changes.

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[Sources: SEAT; Channel 4 UK]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I owned a Seat Ibiza, the previous gen, in Mexico and it was a very nice cheap little car. I like the Leon a lot and their FR lines (which I think are new) look pretty cool but their Cupra lines are great too. The price jumps a lot on those but they are sweet. I too wish they could be sold in the US. They would probably sell well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yes, León FR is a good, sporty car. I'm from Barcelona (where León is built) and I wonder if you'd like that SEAT would be at US market.

      León is similar to VW Golf, Honda Civic, etc. so I guess it could be a successful car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      you people dont know what you are reading they dont mean bog standard leveling lights that have been round for years.

      when you turn into a corner the lights actually turn as well so you have a clear full range view on the turn.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I used to drive one. At the time (out of school) I could only afford a new ultra-basic VW Golf and the VW Polo was still the small old model at the time. So I bought a sporty Seat the exact size of a VW Golf. Under the hood & throughout the car most things you saw were VW parts. Seat has a pretty good market with their "value/econo VW line". You see many Seats on the road in Europe. Skoda reportedly also does well with the newer models after VW picked them up. Haven't been in Europe lately though to see first hand how well they're doing.

      PS: I agree on the dash. I'd like it a bit less flashy too. Probably specific to make this FR model stand out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      actually, I think 7.3 is for the TFSI engine, not the diesel
      • 9 Years Ago
      Jeebus! 7.3 seconds IS VERY quick for a diesel (for a 2 liter - not like its an e320 cdi or something)...

      • 9 Years Ago
      I like it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Cool looking little machine. Love to see it on US roads. Oh, and JB, I don't think the pronunciation of a word would be too big an obstacle for the country that put the first foot print on the moon. Cut us a little slack would ya?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Electrically adjustable from the cockpit leveling have been around since at least the early 80's.

      Self-leveling is a wonderful thing. Of course, so are headlights that follow the road - I think Tucker was one of the earliest on that program.

      Such a shame the US DoT keeps us so far behind the curve sometimes.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Cool car. Yes quick and cheap. I like the aggressive line and the respectable design. Seat are not expensive tho.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Auto-leveling headlights in Europe? Big deal - if I remember right, they are legally required now....
      • 9 Years Ago
      mmm, bi-xenons. wish i had xenon power in my high beams
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