The Seat Leon line-up is to get a new addition, with the unveiling of an all-new ST estate version at this week's Frankfurt motor show.
Joining the hatchback and striking three-door SC, the ST will command an £825 price premium over the equivalent five-door hatch. The range starts at £16,675 for the base 1.2 TSI model in S trim.
The ST shares its underpinnings with the rest of the Leon range, but its rear bodywork is some 27cm longer for a more capacious boot. Load space with the rear seats in place is up from 380 litres to 587 litres, rising to 1470 litres with the rear bench folded flat.
It has been designed with practicality in mind, too. All models come with roof rails as standard, as well as a split-level boot floor. The rear seats can be folded flat with a single lever pull and there's even an optional folding front passenger seat, which increases the length of the load space to 2.6 metres.
The petrol engine range comprises of three units: a 104bhp 1.2-litre, a 138bhp 1.4 and the headline 1.8 litre, which develops 178bhp and is only available in top –of-the-range FR trim.
All the engines on offer are turbocharged and offer credible performance for their size, while also returning competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Buyers for whom this is of particular importance may want to consider the 1.6-litre diesel in the frugality minded Ecomotive version. Managing 85.6mpg and emitting a road-tax exempt 88g/km of carbon dioxide, it is the most efficient option and is available across the Leon range.
Order books for the new Seat Leon ST open in October, with the first customer cars expected for delivery in January 2014.
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