- SEAT has revealed the all-new SEAT Leon. Now in its fourth-generation, the new Leon adds more connectivity, electrified powertrains and automated safety systems – designed, developed and built at SEAT’s facilities in Martorell, Barcelona.
The all-new Leon will be available as a five-door hatchback or estate, with a range of powertrains that now includes electrified variants to boost efficiency. Available in petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), mild-hybrid (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) units, the engines can be paired to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG (direct shift gearbox) transmission. The eHybrid version can be driven via electric power only, emitting no emissions and giving a usable range of up to 38 miles.
The range-topping performance version will also this time around be segmented off under its own CUPRA branding for the first time. Joining the existing CUPRA Ateca and upcoming CUPRA Formentor, the CUPRA Leon will be available with both petrol and plug-in hybrid variants.
The all-new SEAT Leon entered production this month and will be available to pre-order soon.
- Mercedes-Benz has added new plug-in hybrid variants to its SUV lineup, available in the GLC (SUV and Coupé body styles) and GLE.
The GLC 300 e features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with a 13.5 kWh battery. The combustion engine can produce 155 hp and 350 Nm, while the electric motor adds an additional 122 hp and 700 Nm. The battery gives an all-electric range of 29 miles, while emitting 54 g/km of CO2. Prices start from £49,687 for the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 e and £52,562 for the GLC 300 e Coupé.
The GLE 350 de features a 2.0-litre diesel engine which generates 194 hp and 400 Nm, paired with a 31.2 kWh battery which adds an additional 136 hp and 440 Nm to the car’s overall output. The GLE 350 de has an all-electric range of 66 miles and emits just 29 g/km of CO2.
Prices start from £61,360 for the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de.
- The new Volkswagen e-up! is now available to order. On sale since 2014, the e-up! was the brands first fully-electric production car and this updated version has boosted the range from the original 83 miles up to 159 miles.
The zero-emissions e-up! is identifiable by its 15-inch ‘Tezzle’ wheels, bespoke bumpers and C-shaped daytime running lights, with blue strips in the front grille and across the boot lid signifying the car’s zero-emission status. The e-up! also has the accolade of being the first electric car to bear the new Volkswagen logo.
Entry into Volkswagen EV ownership starts at £19,695 (after gov grant).
- Another new Volkswagen on sale this week is the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, the first crossover convertible SUV in the compact class.
Its standard fully automatic roof opens in nine seconds and can open and close even while the car is in motion, at speeds of up to 18mph. The soft top unlocks and locks electromechanically.
Design and R-Line trims are available from launch, with prices starting at £26,750.
- Hyundai has responded to significant customer demand and announced to drastically cut lead times for the Hyundai KONA Electric in the UK.
The move follows a significant ramp up in availability of its sought-after fully electric model, through the introduction of production in its European Czech-based plant and by increasing existing supply from its facility in Ulsan, South Korea.
Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The Hyundai KONA Electric has achieved outstanding success in the UK since its introduction, with demand for the model quickly outstripping supply. We have listened to our customers and are significantly ramping-up availability in order to cut delivery times, a move that we hope will encourage more people to consider a fully electric car.”
The Hyundai KONA Electric boasts an official range of 278 miles and starts at £35,100 (after gov grant).