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Seat updates Leon and Altea

New Leon and Altea to be shown at Geneva

Seat Leon facelift

Facelifted Seat Leon

Seat has revealed new look Leon hatchback and Altea MPV models, scheduled for public debut at the 2009 Geneva motor show in March.

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All have revised exteriors, designed to reflect the new styling direction started by the new Seat Ibiza. Smaller front grilles and larger headlights are the biggest visual modifications.

The interior design has also been subject to changes, with upgrades to both materials and ergonomics, while chassis revisions are aiming for an even more satisfying drive from this sporty Spanish brand.

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Seat Altea interior

Altea’s interior upgraded

Chief amongst the changes here is the introduction on some models of a new electronic limited slip differential, labelled ‘XDS’. The purpose of this is to improve traction during more spirited driving.

Joining the Leon and Altea engine range for the first time is the Volkswagen Group’s latest 168bhp ‘common rail’ 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine – bringing both performance and economy. You can read our first impressions of this engine in the new VW Golf review.

UK pricing and full specification details will follow in the summer, but expect boosted equipment levels for even greater value.


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