Aside from its raft of great-value offers and special finance incentives for the ‘61’ plate change, SEAT is upgrading the appeal of its best-selling Leon with the showroom arrival now of a new FR+ derivative, as well as the extension of the FR badge to a broader engine range.
The changes mean the trademark sporty styling and sizzling performance of the Leon FR are now available to a wider range of buyers while equipment and performance-hungry drivers now have the added option of the new, ‘ultimate’, Leon FR+. Designed to extend still further the appeal of the FR trim level that, last year, was responsible for a whopping one in four Leon sales, the revisions see new engines added to the FR line-up.
The exciting FR hot hatch is now available as a 2.0 TDI CR 138bhp (manual and DSG). The availability of lower-powered – but no less engaging – turbocharged diesel engines makes the FR range even more accessible to customers whose choices may be restricted by engine power, cost or insurance considerations.
Bristling with sports styling and packed with equipment, the Leon boasts FR front and rear bumpers, twin chrome exhaust pipe, trademark silver-painted door mirrors, stylish LED rear-light clusters, FR sports seats and steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Meanwhile, the new Leon FR+ is a significant step up from the ‘standard’ FR trim in terms of both performance and equipment. It’s available to order now with SEAT’s powerful 2.0 TDI CR 168bhp engine. The Leon FR+ takes the FR trim and adds arch-filling 18-inch ‘Ibera’ alloy wheels; the SEAT Media System 2.2, which includes satellite-navigation with five-inch colour touchscreen and dynamic route guidance, DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and SD card slot; Bluetooth phone connection; Bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) and front parking sensors. And the best news, perhaps, is that although the retail cost of this extra equipment when specified separately is £2,465, the price of the new Leon FR+ is up by just £1,070.
So, just in time for the September sales surge, SEAT’s Leon FR line-up now starts at only £20,245 for the Leon FR 2.0 TDI CR 138bhp rising to £22,615 for the lavishly equipped Leon FR+ 2.0 TDI CR DSG-auto 170 PS.
Welcoming the sporty new additions to the SEAT range Steve Robertson, SEAT UK’s Head of Marketing, said: ‘The Leon FR has been an important mainstay of the SEAT line-up for some time, so it clearly makes sense to maximise its appeal. I think the showroom debut of these great new cars, which coincides perfectly with the important September plate change and makes the Leon FR range both more accessible and more attractive, should keep our dealers very busy!’