The essence of any high-performance vehicle is its powertrain, it’s the part of the vehicle that defines it. But times are changing, and the pressure isn’t simply to produce a vehicle that can hit 100km/h in the fastest time but to do so in innovative ways, that maintain the joy of driving but also minimise the vehicle’s impact on the wider environment.
The new CUPRA Leon offers a wide range of engines, from petrol engine to the high-performance plug-in hybrid system, so customers can choose the vehicle that best suits their needs.
CUPRA integrates the traditional and advanced with the introduction of a high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time. Available from the launch of the car, in both the hatchback and Sportstourer variants, the technology means customers keep the performance expected from a vehicle carrying the CUPRA badge, with an efficiency level not found in the segment before.
At the heart of the plug-in hybrid is a 150PS (110kW) 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 115 PS (85kW) electric motor and 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack, that together provides 245PS (180kW) of peak power and 400Nm of torque. The plug-in hybrid system can take the CUPRA Leon to 100km/h in just 6.7 seconds (Sportstourer: 7seconds), with a top speed of 225km/h.
But when pace isn’t a necessity the driver can use the vehicle’s all-electric range of 55-60km according to the WLTP homologation (68km in NEDC) for the hatchback version, and 54-59km in WLTP (67km in NEDC) for the Sportstourer version, to travel through urban streets or through city centres with zero emission. When the battery needs recharging, it can be done in as little as 3.5 hours using a Wallbox (or six hours from 230V domestic plug).
Thanks to the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid powertrain technology, CO2 emissions will be below 35g/100km (5-door: 28.9-32.4g/km in WLTP and 35g/km in NEDC / Sportstourer: 29.7-33.5g/km in WLTP and 35g/km in NEDC).
The CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid always starts in all-electric mode (when the battery is sufficiently charged). The drive switches to Hybrid mode if the energy capability of the battery drops below a certain level or if the speed rises above 130 km/h. In Hybrid mode, the driver has the possibility of maintaining the status of charge, increasing it or reducing it to a well-defined level. This makes it possible to drive into an urban destination area under electric power and with zero emissions.
“Bringing an advanced combustion engine and electric motor together to offer an incredible performance boost and effortless acceleration makes hybridisation a perfect technology for the CUPRA brand,” said Dr. Werner Tietz, SEAT’s Executive Vice-President for R&D. “And the addition of a high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrain reinforces CUPRA’s commitment to bringing electrification to the high-performance segment.”
The new CUPRA Leon will also be available in a selection of three turbocharged, direct-injection petrol units.
The line-up includes a four-cylinder 2.0-litre 245PS (180kW)/370Nm 2-litre unit.
Next in the line-up is a four-cylinder, turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-litre engine that produces a maximum power output of 300PS (221kW) and 400Nm of torque.
These two variants are front-wheel drive, available in both hatchback and Sportstourer body styles, and integrated an electronic limited slip differential to help offer greater control and athleticism in the vehicle’s power delivery. The system takes readings from numerous sources: steering angle, wheel speed and yaw, to provide reassurance in dynamic driving scenarios.
But there is one more option for customers. The most powerful engine in the line-up is the 310PS (228kW)/400Nm 2-litre TSI direct-injection, turbocharged petrol engine found exclusively in Sportstourer guise (with 4Drive).
All powertrain combinations benefit from a DSG dual-clutch transmission. The shift-by-wire technology is designed so that the gear selector is not connected to the gearbox mechanically, instead using electronic signals to make shifts. And when drivers want an even more interactive experience, steering wheel mounted large shift paddles bring the connection between vehicle and driver even closer.
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