Here are the first live images of the new Seat Leon m.y. 2013 taken by our colleagues from autosblog.fr during the preview of the model in Paris, just days ahead of its offcial unveiling at the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show. The new Seat Leon 3 is based on the same MQB modular platform that spawned the latest Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, and is actually very similar in size and proportions to the recent VW Golf, although there are quite a few features that emphasize the binding of blood between the Leon and its two German sisters.
The front-end is characterized by a rather prominent overhang an by the big headlights that creep up the sides of the car emphasizing its silhoutte, just like the fake lower air intakes that host the fog lights. The side-view of the new Seat Leon is pretty neat, with the doors showing a design which is typical of the VW models we have seen in recent years, with a raised line at the bottom and clean lines. Leon’s signature third glass at the back is still in place though, while the C-pillar has been completely changed and looks now more “solid” and less rounded.
Looking at the overall design of the car, the rear end of the new Leon might look a little out of place: the straight lines give way to a more swollen and rounded approach, with details that are pretty reminiscent of some other cars previously released by the VW Group. The LED lighting makes for quite a distinguishable feature, while the imposing rear bumper dominates the lower part.