2017 SEAT Leon to get digital dash and AWD Cupra model

  • SEAT Leon to adopt digital dashboard in 2017
  • Tech debuted on Audi TT, now across the VW Group
  • Hotter AWD Cupra model to be launched too

SEAT plans to install digital dashboard technology in at least one of its cars – the facelifted Leon – from late 2017.

The system will offer a similar graphical speedometer and rev-counter display to Audi's Virtual Cockpit and VW's Active Info Display, but promises greater personalisation than both.

As well filtering down the Audi range after debuting in the TT, VW features a digital dash in its Passat and Tiguan models (with the new 2017 Golf to follow), and Skoda has promised a similar set-up from early 2017.

New AWD Leon ST Cupra

Also new to the updated Leon range is a faster Cupra model (current model pictured) boasting at least 300hp, with an all-wheel drive estate variant to rival the VW Golf R wagon. The current fastest Leon has only just been upgraded from 280hp to 290hp.

Hatchback models will stick with front-wheel drive, with the 4x4 option available only on Leon Cupra estate or off-road Xperience models.

A boost in power and grip in an all-wheel drive Leon ST Cupra should come with improved acceleration - the current, similarly-powered VW Golf R Estate races from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, while the front-driven Leon Cupra 290 hatchback takes 5.7 seconds.

The new 300hp Leon Cupra hatchback and ST will be rolling off the line in February 2017.

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