There’s a revised SEAT Leon on the way to Ireland in early 2017.

On the outside, the front and rear have sharper, more assertive lines and a new bumper design. The grille has been stretched an extra 40mm in a richer chrome.  There are new LED rear lights and headlights and LED technology has also been used in the indicators and fog lights.

Inside the car, there is a newly designed 8″ touchscreen, which eliminates the need for many of the buttons and dials on the current model. There’s a new centre console design and an electric parking brake.

The latest in driver assistance and connectivity technology has also been added to the SEAT Leon range, including Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Protection System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, Emergency Assist, High Beam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and parking assist technology with both bay and parallel parking.

Infotainment is provided via the latest generation of Easy Connect, SEAT Full Link (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and the exclusive SEAT ConnectApp that comes with voice recognition and gesture control technology. The 2017 SEAT Leon will have for the very first time a Connectivity Box in the central console that enables wireless smartphone charging.

Reference, Style and FR line will be joined by a new high end XCELLENCE trim level with ‘luxurious’ upholstery (Alcantara and leather as an option), extensive trim elements and multi-colour ambient interior lighting. On the outside, there’s a chrome front grille, new front and rear bumpers, and rear LED indicators. On the inside there are aluminium kickplates, LED interior light pack and keyless entry and go

A new 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engine with 115hp will be added to the 2017 Leon range.

The 2017 SEAT Leon will be available in the three current body types: a 5-door hatchnack, 3-door SC (Sports Coupé) and the ST (estate).

Caroline Kidd