SEAT Leon: Facelift means new engine

All change for new (ish) Leon

The Leon range is due for a facelift this coming summer. As you can see from these pictures, there's nothing radical planned for the exterior, but there are some pretty big changes to the interior and uSEAT Leon: nder the b

The engine that's fitted to my Leon - the 2.0-litre TDI with 170bhp - is set for an upgrade. Facelifted models with feature the same engine, but with common rail technology. The key benefit of this should be less noise and greater refinement - answering one of the biggest criticisms of this engine.

Inside there's a new look to the dashboard with a new audio system and re-designed air conditioning and heating controls.

Changes across the Leon range

• Re-designed front grille with a smaller SEAT logo

• New wing mirrors and wheel designs

• New equipment including hill-hold control (for making hill-starts easier), bi-xenon headlamps, audio equipment and climate control system

Changes on the Leon FR

• New 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel engine

• Addition of small FR badge to the front bumper (see photograph)

• New seats in leather with contrasting red or silver inserts in the middle