If the previous version of CUPRA Leon passed you by and you didn’t pay much attention to it, don’t worry, because there is an all brand new plug-in hybrid high performance version available for pre-order. If my opening line didn’t get you all excited, surely Mr Wayne Griffith’s commentary below will set your mind at ease and get you all scrambling for your phones.
“The Leon CUPRA has been a bestseller, with close to 44,000 units sold in the last generation”, said Wayne Griffiths, CUPRA CEO. “With the launch of the new CUPRA Leon, we will strengthen the CUPRA brand by giving a new identity to a very emblematic car. The new CUPRA Leon is the KING OF LEONS.”
It is also possible, that I am being slightly unforgiving about this car, so I will just provide you with the facts and figures and let you make up your own mind about this little car. The new CUPRA Leon is available in two body styles – five-door and estate and comes with high levels of standard equipment which includes full LED front and rear lamps, rear coast-to-coast lighting, bucket seats, sports suspension, keyless entry and ambient lighting to name just a few goodies packed into the design.
The 2.0 litre TSI petrol engines is available in 245PS, 300PS and 310PS (exclusively available for the estate) power outputs to deliver real on-the-road performance, you also get a choice of 245PS plug-in hybrid which should ease your environmentally friendly minds.
At the heart of the high-performance plug-in hybrid is a 150PS (110kW), 250Nm 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine; an 115PS (85kW) electric motor; and 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Together these provide 245PS (180kW) of peak power and 400Nm of torque.
CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid has an electric-only range (WLTP) of up to 60km (37 miles) to silently travel through streets or through city centres. When the battery needs recharging, it can be done in as little as
3.5 hours using a 3.6kW AC Wall box (or six hours from 230V domestic socket). Thanks to the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid powertrain technology, CO2 emissions will be below 50g/km.
You get a choice of either the 245PS (180kW) and 370Nm or the 300PS (221kW) and 400Nm variant. Both versions are front-wheel drive, available in both five-door and estate body styles, and integrate an electronic limited slip differential to ensure smooth effortless distribution of power. The most powerful engine in the line-up is the 310PS (228kW)/400Nm 2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine, found exclusively in estate.
The new CUPRA Leon can accelerate from 0-to-100km/h (0-62mph) in fewer than five seconds (4.8 seconds) and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).The new CUPRA Leon is designed, developed and will be produced in Barcelona at the brand’s Martorell facilities, and is available to pre-order from https://www.cupraofficial.co.uk/cars/cupra-range/cupra-leon/overview.html