New Cupra Leon facelift spied in Estate form

The Cupra Leon hot hatch will be getting a mild mid-life update

When Cupra branched off from parent company SEAT in 2018, its second car was the Leon – first launched in 2020. Although it’s only been around for two years, Cupra is already looking to give its hot hatch a redesign. 

Our spy pictures show a Cupra Leon Estate and it looks like the car has received light exterior tweaks. The rear end remains the same with its full-width light bar and bumper design, but at the front we can see a few changes – despite the camouflage. 

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There’s a new look to the lower grille and the side air intakes, but most interestingly the top grille has been camouflaged, which could mean a redesign there too. The headlights look to remain the same, although we could see the triple light feature taken from the upcoming Tavascan and Terramar models. The wheels look even larger than the 19-inch ones found on the range-topping VZ3 model. 

The range of engines is unlikely to change with the well-known VW Group EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged unit leading the way. In the latest Golf R Estate power rises to 316bhp (a 10bhp increase on the Leon VZ3), so we could see a slight bump in power for the Cupra Leon. 

The 148bhp, 1.5-litre engine will provide an entry point to the Cupra Leon range and above that a 187bhp 2.0-litre unit. Elsewhere, there will be a 1.4-litre plug-in hybrid and the EA888 2.0-litre petrol with 242bhp and 306bhp. 

The interior might not change drastically in terms of looks, but we could see the adoption of the latest Volkswagen Group technology, including improved voice recognition and touch sensitive controls. 

A facelift will certainly bring with it an increase in price, with the current Cupra Leon starting from £33,100 in hatchback guise.  

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