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SEAT reveals new Toledo

  • All-new Toledo revealed by Spanish manufacturer
  • Designed to take on rivals like the Ford Focus
  • SEAT's new Toledo to be launched in early 2013

SEAT has released details of its new Toledo, a car that’s sure to appeal to company car drivers.

Promising excellent value for money, the new SEAT is set to take on the likes of the Volvo V40, the Volkswagen Jetta and the five-door Ford Focus.

As a result it's going to have to be a very strong proposition to make notable waves in this segment.

The headline act, as far as fleet drivers are concerned, is an Ecomotive-badged model with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine that generates 103bhp. This derivative emits 104g/km of CO2, slotting it into the 14% company car tax band for 2012/13.

There will also be petrol engines available in both 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre displacements, and a choice of manual gearboxes or a twin-clutch DSG automatic.

Safety is an important concern these days so the new Toledo will have driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags and head/thorax airbags.

The base model will come with central locking, a two-piece folding rear seat and electric windows up front. Above that will be Reference and Style versions which will get more equipment as standard, although SEAT remains tight-lipped on exact specification at this point.

“The new Toledo will write a whole new success story with its clear SEAT identity, its high quality standard and its extraordinary value-for-money,” said James Muir, President of SEAT, S.A. “The Toledo combines great design with amazing practicality and dynamic driving fun with excellent efficiency. This is how we envisage the perfect saloon.’”

Full pricing and specification will be available closer to the official launch of the new SEAT Toledo in early 2013.