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SEAT Leon and Exeo facelift

  • IBL concept follows on from previous SEAT concepts
  • Revised Exeo promises better fuel economy and emissions
  • Front end changes give the car a stronger look

Written by Parkers Published: 13 September 2011 Updated: 1 February 2017

The big news at the SEAT stand was unveiling of a new concept car called the IBL and the facelifted Exeo.

SEAT says the Exeo, which will arrive in 2012, will be further enhanced and the TDI engines for the saloon will be more efficient. All diesel versions benefit from a decrease in CO2 emissions of around 7g/km - resulting in a CO2 figure of 129g/km (Exeo ST, 132 g/km). Fuel economy will also be improved thanks to the fitment of SEAT's start/stop technology.

Exterior-wise there's been a few changes to the Exeo. Now optional bi-xenon headlamps adopt the arrow theme and integrated daytime running lights in energy saving LED technology are sculpted into sharply defined, angular 'wings'.

Together with the new, honeycomb grille insert, the LED rear lights and the all-new 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel designs, the Exeo gets a few tweaks to the interior with new upholstery and a redesigned leather steering wheel the most notable changes.

The other major attraction on the SEAT stand was the IBL concept car (pictured) - a sports saloon that follows on from the IBE and the IBX concepts that have appeared at previous motor shows.

To read about all the new cars, concepts and news from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, click here.