The Cupra has always been one of Seat’s most sporty assets from the beginning of 2018. It had already become a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group. With its Leon e-Hybrid, Cupra wants to prove that sportiness can rhyme with electricity. For the first time, the Cupra Leon will also be sold in Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) form too, pairing a petrol engine with an electric motor to offer the prospect of zero-emission driving for short distances.
The technology of Cupra Leon e-Hybrid comes from the VW Golf 8 e-Hybrid GTE and will be launched as a five-door, station wagon version with the addition of a Sport Tourer. All models receive an aggressive new bumper set and bespoke color options. In addition to a slightly more aggressive front end with modified cooling inlets, Cupra also features the copper-colored accents typical of the brand and is included both in the brand logo and in the aerodynamic wheels.
Interior Of Cupra Leon E-hybrid
Leon’s onboard presentation has been revised with specific materials, bucket seats, elongated paddles, and a new steering wheel. The cabin is both pleasant and comfortable, with good use of materials, screens, and some of the latest tech to bring the Leon right up to date. The Cupra Leon comes with an array of the latest cabin technology, including a 10-inch tablet-style screen in the center of the dashboard and Digital Cockpit, which is another 10.25-inch configurable screen that replaces traditional analog dials in front of the driver. The shell leather sports seats are extremely comfortable, the driver’s side is electrically adjustable and the passenger’s side is manually adjustable. The quality and fit of the materials used indoors is a parade, as is the comfort of the rear row, head, and legroom. A separate climate panel adds to the comfort of rear passengers. The 270-liter luggage compartment has no compartment for storing charging cables, but the fabric bag they contain is especially demanding.
Exterior Highlights Of Cupra Leon E-hybrid
This sportier model of Cupra has a different engine range from the Seat version, a retuned chassis, a 2.5-inch rear seat at the rear, and 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels filling the wheel arches that are emphasized by racy side skirts, while dark gloss finishes to the grille, door mirrors and window surrounds add further sporty accents. The LED luminaires fit perfectly into the overall picture. Seen from the side, the two-tone rims called 19-inch Copper immediately catch the eye. The choice of colors is somewhat limited: there is red and grey paint, and two matt finishes in grey and blue.
Powertrain Accentuation Of Cupra Leon E-hybrid
The core of the Cupra Leon e-Hybrid powertrain is a 1.4-liter petrol engine making 150hp combined with a 115 hp electric motor that runs off a 12 kWh battery pack, which provides a purely electric WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) range of up to 60 kilometers. It can attain 0 to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 225 km / h. Working together they can produce a maximum of 245 hp and a substantial 400 Nm of torque that refers to low-engine-speed muscle. The electric motor sits between four cylinders on one side and the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) on the other. The Cupra Leon e-Hybrid wakes up in an electric mode and glides in peace for about 40 kilometers without using the slightest drop of fuel. You will also be able to recover energy when decelerating with several modes: weak, strong, and adaptive, which manages the engine braking according to traffic and speed limits.
The table below shows the estimated time to charge your Leon e-HYBRID from empty to full.
|Charging Method||Typically found at||Charging Time||Range/Hour|
|3-pin plug||Home||4 hours||5 m/hr|
|3.6 kW||Home/Work||4 hours||9 m/hr|
|7 kW||Home/Work/Public||4 hours||9 m/hr|
|22 kW||Work/Public||4 hours||9 m/hr|
Safety Aids And Additional Features Of Cupra Leon E-hybrid
Seat’s Full Link system allows you to connect your phone wirelessly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and you also get voice and gesture control, so that you shouldn’t need to rely on prodding touchscreens while driving to adjust settings. Safety kit includes Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control with GPS data and traffic sign recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, and Lane Assist, and you’re also offered Blind Spot Detection and Automatic Emergency Braking. Other equipment includes LED headlights, indicator repeaters in the door mirrors, and full-width rear lamp clusters. You also get LED interior ambient lighting and puddle lamps that project the word Cupra on the floor when you unlock the car.
Sales Reportage Of Cupra Leon E-hybrid
While Seat is yet to announce prices for the Cupra Leon, we can expect it to start below ₹ 31 lakhs just undercutting the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Estate car variants are likely to cost around ₹ 1 lakh more judging on the costs of the previous Seat Leon Cupra models.