All-new SEAT Leon

Safety: The safest SEAT ever made introduces highly-developed assistance systems

Martorell, 16 March 2020

“The all-new SEAT Leon has been designed and developed to be the most innovative product the brand ever made - besides its online connectivity it also offers state-of-the-art driving assistance systems. It inspires passion and awakens something inside people when they look at it, you just have to watch and let the vehicle convey its essence,” said Axel Andorff, Executive Vice-president for Research and Development at SEAT. “It is all about touching and feeling the new Leon.”

The all-new SEAT Leon is the safest vehicle the brand has ever developed; designed to see more of its surroundings and react to obstacles on the road or sudden movements by other drivers thanks to the integration of a suite of updated and completely new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The various technologies mean that the SEAT Leon senses its environment to offer the optimum protection no matter what scenario occurs when you’re behind the wheel, taking safety to the next level.

The all-new SEAT Leon brings together a range of new ADAS systems including Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Emergency Assist, Travel Assist and Side and Exit assist, which, together can protect the vehicle and its occupants while driving or stationary.

Thanks to the all-new SEAT Leon’s DCC Dynamic Chassis Control, the vehicle’s ride and handling can change depending on the conditions and the driver’s requirements, making the vehicle more comfortable.

The adaptive chassis technology constantly reads the road conditions, while also taking into account steering input, braking and acceleration, to adapt the suspension, optimising damping at each wheel to provide comfort and dynamics like no other. And thanks to the new DCC slider, the setup of the chassis can be adjusted even more precisely.

Predictive adaptive cruise control (ACC) can position the Leon based on route and GPS data delivered from the navigation system, also allowing it to correct its speed depending on the road layout ahead – bends, roundabouts, junctions, speed limits and built-up areas. And using input from the front mounted camera and traffic sign recognition, it can adjust vehicle speed when limits change.

The automatic driving functionality will continue with the introduction of the Travel Assist feature in the near future. The system will use information from the ACC and Lane Assist to actively keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane and adjust speed to the flow of the traffic – providing assisted driving at speeds of up to 210km/h. The technology will also allow for overtaking; drivers need only switch on the indicator, and if traffic allows the vehicle will automatically conduct the maneouvre.

To maintain safety and to meet legal requirements the driver must maintain constant monitoring of the system and their surroundings, keeping at least one hand on the steering wheel. If the vehicle sensors they haven’t, (the steering wheel includes capacitive sensors) and they let go for more than 15 seconds, they will receive audible and visual warnings, and a braking jolt can be given. If the driver continues to fail to respond the Emergency Assist system can bring the Leon to a complete stop.

Another new addition to the all-new Leon’s safety suite is the Exit Warning. When stationary and opening a door, the vehicle will give an audible warning if traffic is coming – this can be other vehicles if on the road side, or cyclists or pedestrians if on the kerb side.