New Car: 2013 SEAT Toledo

SEAT has unveiled its all-new Toledo – and the MPV styling of the last-generation car has been ditched as it’s gone back to its saloon roots.

The new Toledo is based on the stretched VW Polo platform that also underpins the recently unveiled Skoda Rapid. SEAT hopes to recapture the success of the first two generations of Toledo, which sold more than 860,000 cars. In contrast, the old MPV model (sold from 2004 to 2009) was a showroom flop.

Despite the saloon styling, SEAT has followed the Rapid by fitting the Toledo with a hatch tailgate. This gives easy access to the boot, which has a 500-litre capacity. By comparison, a Ford Focus offers only 316 litres.

The wheelbase is 80mm longer than on the MkII Toledo – a saloon last produced in 2004 – which gives more interior space. Power comes from the latest VW Group engines, including 1.2 and 1.4-litre TSI petrols producing between 74bhp and 120bhp, as well as a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 104bhp. The more powerful engines will be offered with the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox as an option.

The petrol-powered Ecomotive model – which uses the 1.2 TSI engine – claims CO2 emissions of 116g/km, while the 1.6 diesel Ecomotive manages a best-in-class figure of 104g/km of CO2.

SEAT will launch the new Toledo in the UK next year. Prices are expected to start from around £13,000, with electric windows, central locking and six airbags all standard. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express


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