Seat has debuted a two-door Leon known as the Leon SC, or Sports Coupe. Inspired by the IBE, OBL and IBX concept cars, the Leon SC is designed to appeal to customers who want a Leon with a slightly more sporting character and more involving handling.
The Leon SC is noticeably more sleek-looking, with a more slanted, pentagon-inspired rear window and a slightly different rear window shape in comparison to the five-door car.
Significantly, the new SC also has a shorter wheelbase. The Leon SC’s front and rear axles are positioned 35mm closer together, which should help make the car more nimble with faster direction changes, while reducing the severity of front to back weight transfer under braking and acceleration – in theory, at least.
The Seat Leon SC isn’t built for outright speed, however. At launch it’ll be powered by a choice of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines ranging from 1.2- to 2-litre, with outputs between 105PS (104bhp) and 184PS (182bhp). The most economical of the range is the 1.6 TDI with start/stop and energy recovery, which returns 74.3mpg and 99g/km. At the performance diesel end, the 184PS engine, which is also found in the Leon FR 2.0 TDI, should help the SC accelerate from 0-62mph in around 7.5 seconds.
Transmission duties will be handled either by a manual five- or six-speed gearbox or by a DSG dual-clutch automatic. Here’s hoping Seat also puts out a hot SC R edition sometime in the near future.
The Leon SC doesn’t lose much practicality despite its relative lack of doors. The car has the same 380-litre boot as the five-door version, and rear headroom remains identical, so it should be ideal for those of us who want sporty looks without compromising everyday usability.
The Seat Leon SC will be wheeled out for our consideration at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. There’s no word on prices and availability, but we’ll keep you posted with this information as soon as we have it. Check out the images below.