The Plug-in Seat Leon due in 2019 before the launch of the first model EV

A plug-in hybrid version of the new generation of the Leon is going to start Seat push for electrification in 2019.

The new Leon variant will be followed by the brand’s first electric car in 2020. It will be twinned with the 2019 Volkswagen ID hatch, thanks to the exchange of VW Group of MEB foundations that will also be used by Skoda first purepose-built electric SUV, which will take the inspiration of its Vision And concept.

“The seat is taking a step forward in the promotion of electric mobility,” the brand said, “and our first electric vehicle will have a range of 500 km.”

This range, which is equivalent is 311 km, it is the same figure quoted by Skoda and VW for their next EVs.

2020 (model imagined by the Coach below) is expected to be the Seat of the first pure EV because an electric version of the Rmi, which is expected as a twin for the next Skoda e-Citigo and updated Volkswagen e-Up, is now understood to be of a lower priority. Seat R&D chief Matthias Rabe, said that the model is “less concrete”.

Seat of the first EV will come in the tail end of an aggressive expansion of the range, which will soon see the introduction of the Tarraco SUV, a relationship of Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan. The current Toledo small hatchback is likely to be dismissed shortly after this.

But Seat quickly add another new model to the range when a pure-electric SUV is launched as a cousin of Skoda EV SUV.

The electrified range will coincide with a new direction of design of Seat. It will begin with the fourth generation of the Leon next year, according to the head of design Alejandro Mesonero. Said the Coach last year that the Leon’s design would be “a bigger step” that the company has taken since the relaunch of the brand with the current Lion in 2012. “It is sometimes necessary to take a bigger step in order not to be obsolete. We are ready very soon for the next, more daring step in the design,” he said.

The next Lion, you also get what Rabe describes as “fantastic technology and fantastic user interface” as part of what the experts suggest will be the leader in its class of information and entertainment, that will spread across the rest of the range, after its introduction.

The seat is also keen to stress that it “will remain committed to internal combustion engines” to the expansion of its plug-in range. We also offer internal-combustion engines powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas.

Going from strength to strength

Seat president Luca de Meo revealed the new model of the offensive at a press conference to announce the Seat of the 2017 financial results, led by a second year of profitability. The volume of business increased by 11% to almost £8.7 billion, while after tax profit increased by 23% to £244 million euros.

“We can be happy with the 2017 results,” said Meo, “but we should not be satisfied. Now is the time to look to the future with the ambition to grow”.

Total deliveries of the new cars in 2017 is 468,000 vehicles, the highest since 2001 – the return of the investment of £2.8 investment in the last four years.

Cash flow – the accountant’s favorite measure of a company’s business strength also grew substantially by 24% to £825m in 2017.

“This is almost three times more than in 2013, and demonstrates that the company’s financial sustainability,” Seat”, he said.

Additional reporting by Mark Tisshaw

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