Seat presented its Leon Cross at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show and it certainly raised a few eyebrows in terms of performance, spec and styling. There is no doubt that Seat’s design team have been incredibly creative with a host of recent models such as the Leon and Ibiza in particular.
As it’s Seat’s first venture into SUV territory we thought we would give it a once over in terms of features:
The Seat Leon SC Cross Sport offers the performance of a compact sports car and the coupé-like silhouette of a two-door. It combines this with the versatility of all-wheel drive and increased ground clearance as well as a design that unites both worlds with powerful dynamics and robustness.
In Seat’s own words: “The Leon Cross Sport is a performance athlete in high-tech trekking shoes. The Seat Leon family is not only incredibly successful, but also exceptionally multifaceted. With the Leon Cross Sport, we are testing out a new idea – the performance of the Leon CUPRA with the many possibilities offered by an all-road vehicle,” says Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman of the Executive Committee, SEAT, S.A. “The Leon Cross Sport is therefore a perfect match for the brand and for a young, multifaceted lifestyle. And, as a compact two-door, this crossover fits well into the urban environment – the urban jungle.”
The design is based on the Leon SC Cupra, with its two-door bodyshell evocative of a sports coupé. The proportions, the clear lines and the taut surfaces represent its dynamics, not to mention its high standards of precision and quality. This ’emotional design language’, as described by Seat, which is claimed is also highly rated by its customers, has been further developed for the Cross Sport and enhanced with robust elements.
Looks wise it does appear incredibly compact and powerful, like a highly trained cross-country runner. 41 millimetres more ground clearance means 41 millimetres more ride height, giving the Cross Sport an impressive stance. The 19-inch wheels with their exclusive y-spoke design have a two-tone finish, with polished accents set against a black background. These are paired with wheel arches, featuring powerful extensions, and sills.
At the front and rear, the Cupra elements, such as the signature grille mesh, are accentuated even further. The large air intakes and the four-pipe exhaust system as well as the large roof spoiler at the rear, certainly give the Cross an imposing look. Pair that with full-LED headlamps, which give great visibility, this car certainly has a lot of visual appeal.
High-quality interior with exceptional attention to detail, which according to Seat, draws inspiration from the Barcelona sun. Orange is therefore used as an accent in the intricate seams on the leather seats, the cockpit and the steering wheel, and as a surface colour on the seats’ centre panels and in the door cladding. The leather is combined with orange Alcantara or high-gloss black paint.
The cockpit has a light, weightless feel and is clearly focused on the driver. Latest-generation connectivity for Smartphones from various different manufacturers and platforms (Apple iOS, Android, MirrorLink) can be easily and conveniently connected to the vehicle system using the FullLink connection and then operated via the car’s touch screen using Seat’s ConnectApp.
All it takes is a few simple, self-selected gestures to carry out functions such as calling a friend, activating route guidance or finding a fuel station.
The Seat ConnectApp reads out incoming messages, while answers can be dictated via voice recognition. The driver’s concentration remains fully focused on the traffic, which is extremely good for safety.
The DSG dual-clutch transmission delivers fast and precise gearshifts. Seat believes that its permanent all-wheel drive is one of the most modern and efficient systems of its kind in the world, having newly developed, a multi-plate clutch with hydraulic actuation and electronic control and a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
It reacts extremely quickly to imaginable drive influences, delivering considerably improved safety and handling. It also comes with assistance systems for the ‘urban jungle’ whose handling is supported by the very latest electronic safety and assistance systems.
Other features include adaptive cruise control with front assist, traffic sign recognition and lane keeping assistance are likewise extremely useful in the ‘urban jungle’.
We like it. Pre-road test, it certainly talks a great game and Seat’s styling is quite something at the moment. In particular, take note how many new Leon’s you see on the road vs new Golfs. In terms of features and spec it comes fully loaded with all mod-cons especially with its multi-media offering.
This car would be a hot favourite for people looking at making the step up to an SUV and equally there is a lot of opportunity here to target the family market with parents not wanting to forego performance when having to upsize.
Looking forward to seeing it a in a few more colours (especially black) but on the whole and exciting new racer from Seat.