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Seat goes large with Leon ST

The Seat Leon ST is expected to account for 25% of the Leon range's sales volume.
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With the Leon Sports Tourer, Seat adds a station wagon variant to the Leon compact range for the first time.

Seat President Juergen Stackmann said the wagon will attract new buyers to the brand and help maintain the Volkswagen Group's sales momentum, which got a boost from the arrival of the new five- and three-door Leon variants last year. "We're opening the door to a new set of customers with the Leon ST," Stackmann said.

Fast Facts
Is the Seat Leon ST good for carrying lots of luggage?
The 587-liter trunk capacity expands to 1,470 liters with the rear seats folded – quite roomy but less than the VW Golf Variant wagon (1,620 liters) and the Skoda Octavia Combi (1,740 liters).
Is there an all-wheel-drive option?
The Leon ST's diesel versions offer awd.
Target buyers
Mainly middle-aged parents with teenage children.
New technology
VW Group's cylinder-on-demand technology, which shuts down cylinders to save fuel, will be offered on the 1.4-liter gasoline-engine version starting in mid-2014. The Leon ST's optional full-LED headlights are a first in the compact segment, Seat says.
Does the Leon ST retain Seat's sporty brand values?
The Leon ST's roofline follows almost exactly the same line as the five-door Leon, keeping the hatchback's dynamic silhouette, Seat says.

Seat expects that the ST will account for about 25 percent of the Leon range's sales volume. The Leon model line is built on parent VW Group's MQB architecture like the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia wagons.

The basics
Launch date: November 2013 (Germany); December 2013 (Spain); early 2014 (rest of Europe)
Base price: 16,640 euros (Germany)
Platform: MQB
Where built: Martorell, Spain
Lowest CO2 emissions: 85g/km
Main rivals: Hyundai i30 Tourer, Kia Cee'd SW, Ford Focus wagon, Renault Megane wagon, Opel/Vauxhall Astra Sportback.

The ST has the same wheelbase as the Leon five-door hatchback, but is longer at 4535mm with 264mm added to the rear overhang to expand luggage capacity.

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