Kings of Leon: CUPRA details specs for inbound hatchback

The Leon goes on sale in July in four forms, the V, VZ, VZe (the range’s plug-in hybrid variant) and the performance oriented VZx – all highly equipped with minimal options, all focused on the keen driver.

Though the range will have a standard pricing structure based on power output (which will be revealed in quarter two this year), CUPRA Australia’s head of product and planning, Jeff Shafer, clarified that there’s no real entry level offering, as such.

“Yes, there is an ascending order in terms of output, but we’ve equipped all Leons with such a level of standard equipment that no-one will feel short changed in any version,” he said.

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“With outputs ranging from 140kW/320Nm to 221kW/400Nm, each Leon has the power and torque to match its design, a combination that in only four years has seen CUPRA become a byword for performance and style.”

The CUPRA Leon V is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 140kW/320Nm and paired to a 7-speed wet clutch DSG transmission. It sports 18-inch Sport Black and Silver alloy wheels.

Its standard equipment includes tyre pressure monitoring, heated power folding mirrors, full LED headlights and DRLs, rear LED lights, fog lamps with cornering, auto high beam, tinted rear windows, a rear roof spoiler and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

It comes with satellite navigation, wireless phone charging, wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two front and two rear USB-C ports, a heated leather steering wheel with paddle shifters and ambient lighting.

Cloth sports bucket seats are standard too, as is dynamic chassis control, progressive steering, keyless entry and start, 3-zone climate control air conditioning, illuminated scuff plates, floor mats, 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control, travel assist and lane assist.

Additional safety technology includes front assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, park assist, side assist with exit assist, driver fatigue monitoring, emergency assist, a light and rain sensor and rear camera.

It will be available in five metallic paint colours, including Nevada White, Magnetic Tech, Urban Silver, Midnight Black, Asphalt Blue, and premium Desire Red and Graphene Grey. A leather and sound package is the only optional add-on.

The Leon VZ builds on the V, switching to a 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine delivering 180kW/370Nm, paired with a 7-speed wet clutch DSG and riding on 19-inch Sport Black and Silver alloy wheels.

It’s only options are the same leather and sound package and an electric sunroof. The Leon VZe offers the Leon’s only hybrid, in the form of a 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine (110kW/250Nm), and 85kW/300Nm electric motor.

The pairing delivers 180kW/400Nm combined, with the package paired with a 6-speed wet clutch DSG. Unlike the other vehicles in the range, which have spare wheels, the hybrid variant has a tyre repair kit. It has an optional leather package.

The Leon VZx is the outright performer in the range, with a 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine offering 221kW/400Nm. It has 19-inch performance Sport Black and Copper alloy wheels, side skirts, a quad exhaust and petrol blue interior.

It also features a heated leather sports steering wheel with satellite buttons and heating, heated front seats with driver adjustment and memory and a Beats sound system with nine speakers, a subwoofer and a 340W amplifier.

A Petrol Blue metallic paint scheme is also available, along with premium paints in the form of Petrol Blue Matte, Magnetic Tech Matte and Graphene Grey. An optional Brembo brake package and electric sunroof can be added.

Three of the four Leon models will be available for immediate delivery at launch, with the Leon V arriving in country early in 2023. Pricing will be confirmed shortly.

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