The SEAT León (Spanish pronunciation: [León]) is a C-segment car built by the Spanish car manufacturer and a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group SEAT, SA since October 1998 versions. Leon or two generations have built on two different Volkswagen Group A platform, and also share many components with the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Audi TT, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia.

Original Seat Leon (group Volkswagen Typ 1M), which was launched in 1999, was a sedan version of the SEAT Toledo. It is based on the Volkswagen A4 (PQ34) platform, and as such, many of the common parts of other VW Group models, such as the Volkswagen Golf Mk4, Bora and Audi A3. Since the first SEAT model of the C segment, as part of the VW Group Leon Mk1 version was marketed in more sports and less expensive than the Golf. Reinforcing the sporting image, the car was a bit the most aggressive. The more expensive versions were equipped with an efficient internal combustion engine, as well as a firmer suspension for better handling. Inside, the dashboard had been received that the first generation of Audi A3.

The available engines are 1.4 liter 16-valve petrol that produces 55 kW-DIN-rated (75 hp, 74 hp), an 8-valve 1.6-liter gasoline 74 kw (101 hp, 99 hp) (quickly replaced by a valve 16 77 kilowatts (105 horsepower, 103 horsepower) of the unit), and two variants of the engine valve 20 Volkswagen Group 1.8-liter turbo (with some countries also get the 2.8-liter VR6 providing 150 kW (204 hp, 201 hp). The original Leon Cupra (which later became known 'Cupra T') had a 1.8-liter turbo with 132 kW (179 PS, 177 hp), and the Lion Cupra R 154 kW (209 PS, 207 hp), later becoming 165 kW (224 PS, 221 hp).

In some countries, there was a 'Cupra 4', equipped with a 2.8 liter VR6 provide 150 kilowatts (204 hp, 201 hp) equipped with four-wheel drive, based on the same drive Haldex multi-plate as the Volkswagen Golf. 4Motion. A series of turbocharged direct injection) diesel engines (TDI is available, including 110 kW (150 hp, 148 hp) version of the Volkswagen Group 1.9 TDI engine, originally sold as a 'Cupra 4' instruments TDI, 4 wheel drive, which sold for only one year, and only in some countries, then sent to 'Evolution' series and 'Best Sports' and later renamed as 'RF' (Formula Racing .) small diesel versions are available with 66 kW (90 hp, 89 hp) 81 kW (110 hp, 109 hp) and 96 kW (131 hp, 129 hp) output.

All motors over 96 kW (131 PS, 129 hp) has a six-speed manual transmission. The rear suspension was a torsion beam for most variants, while the top models are equipped with a multi-link independent rear suspension. All versions have disc brakes on all four wheels (ventilated front, behind and in some cars too). In Mexico, Leon is a car very popular with young upper class. The only problem suffered Leon in Mexico is the fact that the sport suspension of Leon is not designed to withstand the constant road imperfections like potholes and speed bumps, there are many roads Mexican .

Switzerland was the official version, according to the fine-tuned by Abt Sportsline, and Leon, called The 'SEAT Leon Cupra 4 Kompressor'. This version was the same 2.8-liter 4WD, and VR6, but the 206 kW (280 hp, 276 hp) and 323 newton meters (238 ft · lbf) of torque. Typ 1M factory production ended in May 2006. however, appreciate the SEAT Leon Cupra complaint R Mk1 was clearly yet, although sedan hottest of all time survey conducted in 2010, the British magazine Autocar, where his players to respect the list seventh R Cupra's top ten sedans of all time and their preferences.

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