SEAT reveal new Toledo

Just days after Skoda revealed the final production ready Rapid, SEAT have revealed details of their sister car, reviving the Toledo name in the process.

Designed to look like a saloon car, the Toledo is a hatchback larger than the old Toledo saloon of 2004. The design, which is clean and uncluttered, is matched with a range of TSI and TDI engines from the Volkswagen Group.

The latest highly efficient TSI petrol engines in 1.2 and 1.4 displacements, and a 1.6 common-rail TDI unit will be available, with a seven-speed dual-shift gearbox offered as an option with the most powerful petrol variants. The petrol engines generate between 74 bhp (75 PS) and 120 bhp (122 PS), with CO2 emissions down as low as 116 g/km.

The 1.6 litre TDI diesel engine produces 104 bhp (105 PS) with a best-in-class CO2 figure of 104 g/km. An 89 bhp (90 PS) variant will join the range later in 2013.

Standard safety equipment across all model will be driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags and head/thorax airbags, while central locking, folding rear bench and front electric windows will be fitted to all Toledo’s.

SEAT claim the aesthetics of the new Toledo are a consistent development of the SEAT brand design presented in the IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars, going so far as to claim that the car is ‘exceptionally emotional’ as well as being sporty and elegant.

Available in the Spanish peninsula in November, the Toledo will arrive in the UK in early 2013. Prices are expected to start at around £14,000 but firm price and specification details will be revealed nearer the time.

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