PHEV powertrain confirmed for the Spanish hot hatch.

After countless spy photos, the new Cupra Leon will finally make its world debut on February 20 this year. The Spanish sports car brand, part of the VAG family under SEAT’s umbrella, has just teased its hot hatch and released preliminary details.

Cupra will open its garage to unveil the first Leon in the history to wear the Cupra badge as a standalone marque. “Destined to set standards in many other ways,” the vehicle will arrive in both hatchback and estate versions, and from what we are able to understand at this point, these are most likely the production models. 

Gallery: Cupra Leon ST new spy photos

“The Leon Cupra has been a bestseller, with close to 44,000 units sold of the last generation,” Wayne Griffiths, Cupra CEO, said. “With the launch of the new Cupra Leon, we will strengthen the Cupra brand, by giving a new identity to a very emblematic car. The new Cupra Leon is the King Of Leons.”

The automaker also confirmed the new performance Leon will become the first model from the series to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Last year, Griffiths revealed the PHEV system will combine a 1.4-litre turbo engine with an electric motor for a total system output of 241 bhp (180 kilowatts). The same mill can be found in the upcoming new Octavia RS iV.

“Developed to become a reference point in the segment,” the new Cupra Leon will benefit not only from a powerful electrified engine but will also receive performance improvements across the board, including a stiffer suspension, larger brakes, and tweaked steering.

Cupra also revealed it will unveil the race-spec variant of the new hot hatch, the Cupra e-Racer, together with the road-going model.

Gallery: CUPRA León 2020, render de Motor1

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  • World Premiere of the new CUPRA Leon family on Feb 20th
  • The new CUPRA Leon will be presented in both hatchback and Sportstourer versions, mixing a dynamic design that helps broaden the brand’s appeal
  • The new CUPRA Leon will be available for the very first time with a high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrain
  • In addition to the road versions, CUPRA will also unveil the racing models including the CUPRA Leon Competición and the CUPRA e-Racer

The new CUPRA Leon is almost here. On February 20th, CUPRA will celebrate the opening of its CUPRA Garage with the unveiling of the new CUPRA Leon family, including road and racing models.

The new CUPRA Leon will be the first Leon to carry the CUPRA badge and will be the most astonishing to come off the production line, but it’s destined to set standards in many other ways too.

From the design that sets it apart from the competition to its range of high-performance powertrains. The new CUPRA has been developed to become a reference point in the segment.

“The Leon CUPRA has been a bestseller, with close to 44,000 units sold of the last generation”, said Wayne Griffiths, CUPRA CEO. “With the launch of the new CUPRA Leon, we will strengthen the CUPRA brand, by giving a new identity to a very emblematic car. The new CUPRA Leon is the KING OF LEONS.”

Stay tuned on Feb 20th for the unveil of the new CUPRA Leon family at the CUPRA Garage inauguration.