Leon gets Plug-In power

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SEAT has launched a new PHEV version of its Leon compact family car. The Leon e-HYBRID is capable of running for up to a maximum of 64km on battery power alone. Unlike an electric only car (BEV) the PHEV Leon you also has an engine, in this case a 150hp 1.4 TSI petrol unit. Combined the available power output is an impressive 204hp.

The Leon e-HYBRID comes with a choice of two body styles and four trim levels and is the first PHEV to be offered by the brand. The e-Hybrid has a 13kW rechargeable battery. The eHybrid can sprint from 0-100km/h in a GTI-like 7.5 seconds. Top speed is 220km/h. Emissions are relatively low at or below 30g/km CO2 in all versions and the WLTP fuel economy figure is just 1.3 l/100km. Driven on electric-only power, the car in ideal conditions can manage up to 64km with zero tailpipe emissions and working with the petrol engine, there is a total range of around 800km with a full tank of petrol. As with all PHEVs this particular Leon is a car that around town offers the benefits of an EV but with the reassurance of being able to do a low-emission cross country drive with no range anxiety. The car’s battery can charge in just 3 hours and 40 minutes from a 3.6 kWh ‘Wallbox’. There are two body styles of the e-Hybrid on sale, the traditional 5-door hatchback and the ‘Sportstourer’ Estate.

The Leon e-HYBRID starts from €35,740 on the road for the Xcellence 5-door hatch and €37,225 for the Xcellence ‘Sportstourer’, but this drops to €30,740 and €32,225 respectively for private customers who can benefit from the SEAI grant of €5,000. FR models start from €35,740 for the 5-door hatch and €37,225 for the ‘Sportstourer’ and these drop to €30,740 and €32,225 respectively for private customers that can avail of the government grant.

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