It’s one of many electrified hot hatches expected to arrive in the next few years.
SEAT will introduce its first ever plug-in hybrid hot hatch at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but you don’t have to wait until then to see it because it’s just been revealed online. The PHEV is one of several powertrain options, and it’s called the Cupra Leon eHybrid.
It mates a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 148 horsepower to a 113 horsepower electric motor. Peak combined output is 241 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque.
With the 13 kWh battery pack, the Cupra Leon eHybrid has a maximum WLTP electric range of 60 km (37 miles), and according to the manufacturer, it can be charged in just 3.5 hours via a 3.6 kW AC wall box; it takes 6 hours to charge it from a 230V socket.
SEAT says that if you have the battery topped up, it should emit “well below” 50 g/km CO2, although it doesn’t mention the vehicle’s actual claimed efficiency.
The eHybrid version matches the standard 2.0-liter turbo variant which also puts out 241 horsepower. There are also more powerful versions of the same engine with 300 horsepower and 310 horsepower respectively; the latter is only available on the wagon variant and is only available with all-wheel drive.
Whichever powertrain version you go for, it comes exclusively paired to a double-clutch automatic transmission. SEAT doesn’t quote the performance lower-powered versions of the Cupra Leon, but it does say the top tier all-wheel drive model can sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and all versions top out at an electronically-limited 250 km/h (155 mph).