This is our very first look, and although every panel is obscured with a psychedelic wrap, there are signs this is no ordinary Leon hatchback. There is a more pronounced front end with larger air intakes and 19-inch black alloy wheels, while round the back there is now two chrome tipped tailpipes instead of one.
Beneath the camouflage, you can expect several other Cupra distinguish design cues to be fitted to the production model, such as a more aggressive bodykit alongside vents and gills to aid cooling. Larger drilled and ventilated brakes with red callipers are also visible.
Powered by a 2.0-litre TSI engine developing around 268bhp, the Leon Cupra has 50bhp more than its VW Golf GTI cousin and 20bhp more than the feisty Ford Focus ST. A more powerful 298bhp four-wheel drive Cupra R is also currently under development, taking the fight directly to the Focus RS and Golf R.
The standard Cupra will be front-wheel drive only, with power being transmitted through a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox. Unlike the previous Leon Cupra, this latest model will receive a proper mechanical limited slip-differential from the VW Golf GTI Performance Pack, although it is likely to be an optional extra.
More practical five-door and ST estate versions of the Cupra will join the range later along the line, with the three-door SC version pictured likely to be revealed in early 2014, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Prices are expected to start from around £25,000, just undercutting the Golf GTI.