SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE revealed in Paris

1 Oct, 2014 11:24pm Jonathan Burn

Rugged new SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE debuts, with extra body cladding, a 4x4 drivetrain and new trim

This is the SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE, shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show 2014. Based on the standard Leon ST, it’s fitted with permanent all-wheel drive and stands 15mm higher than the basic model to give it an advantage off-road.

To mark it out from the rest of the Leon ST lineup, SEAT has added robust body cladding on the door sills and wheel arches as well as an aluminium finish to the front bumper. The rear end also now features chrome exhaust pipes, with 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels also available.

Inside, the X-PERIENCE has been trimmed with unique orange detailing and can be specced with optional leather or Alcantara upholstery. The X-PERIENCE model remains as practical as any other Leon ST, with a 587 litre boot, which rises to 1,470 litres when the rear seats are folded.

The latest addition to the Leon range is offered with a variety of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines. The most powerful is the 182bhp 2.0-litre diesel, coupled with a DSG transmission as standard. Economy is claimed at 55.3mpg and CO2 emissions at 133g/km. A more frugal 148bhp version of the same engine is also available, but only with a six-speed manual gearbox. SEAT claims economy at 57.6mpg and 126g/km of CO2.

All models come fitted as standard with stop-start and energy recuperation systems to help boost economy. Prices have yet to be announced but the Leon X-PERIENCE will arrive in showrooms in the autumn.

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So basically the old altea xl freetrack...

No, it not an Altea, it is far better, hence why it is called LEON, not Altea...sigh....

Go back to bed

This is a dress up of MQB therefore it is related to Audi A3, Golf 7 and Octavian.

The new Altea coming soon will also use MQB so they will be related but not in any "old" way.

I haven't heard anything about an Altea replacement on the MQB, only another facelift and then it will be killed off. Just out of curiosity where did you get your information from?

Potentially very useful car hobbled by a ludicrous name and a higher price than I'd like to pay. As a wild stab in the dark (which is what the person who named it deserves) I'll say that there will be at least a £1,600 premium over the equivalent Leon ST.

In germany they projected a premium of 1500 euros over the normal ST, so I don't think it'll be £1,600.

I wouldnt really be bothered if they call it a Slobberedonmecockyabitch, its the first one of these jumped up estates I actually like.

I'd like to wager SEAT dealers will be offering a de-badging service on delivery...