The elegantly sporty SEAT Exeo saloon and the dynamic Exeo ST estate are set to become the automatic choice for business and private drivers alike with the debut in Paris this week of a new drivetrain option.
Drivers seeking an extra level of refinement, in addition to the Exeo’s established sporting prowess, will find the new continuously variable multitronic gearbox making its Exeo debut in France presents a compelling alternative to the six-speed manual.
This efficient automatic gearbox is mated to the 141bhp 2.0 TDI common rail diesel injection engine. With an average fuel consumption of only 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres (48.7mpg), this variant combines SEAT’s trademark refined dynamics and high efficiency with classic automatic ease of use. The electronically controlled multitronic works with continuously variable ratios, enabling the engine to operate consistently at optimum efficiency. For dynamic drivers it offers both a Sport programme that results in gear shifts at higher revs, and a Manual mode controlled via steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Alongside comfort and dynamics the new multitronic ‘box delivers impressive economy. The mechanical efficiency and broad ratio spread of this hi-tech gearbox ensure low fuel consumption and emissions.
There have been other important changes to the Exeo range, too, which now make the cars even more roomy and comfortable. Small but significant revisions to the front seat back and rear bench designs result in an appreciably larger rear passenger compartment. Thanks to the redesigned front seats and rear bench, room in the back has now increased by 44 millimetres without any sacrifice in seating comfort or luggage space.
Of course quality remains a key ingredient in the Exeo and the final revision unveiled on the Paris Show car further underline SEAT’s ambition to make the model the most desirable in its class. New rear lights featuring LED technology – offered in combination with the bi-xenon headlights – make the hi-tech appeal of the Exeo immediately apparent.
Full details of the revised cars’ availability in the UK will be announced closer to their on-sale date.