The Cupra Leon hatchback range will pick up a more efficient new engine at the bottom end of the range, and a new 245kW flagship wagon model when it hits Australia in 2025.

    Petrol-powered versions of the facelifted Leon hatch are due in Australia in the second quarter of 2025, with plug-in hybrids following mid-year along with the Leon Sportstourer wagon.

    The updated Leon will feature a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, shared with the Formentor, with 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and a 48V mild-hybrid system designed to deliver smoother start/stop operation.

    Sitting above it in the range will be a 150kW petrol engine, and a 200kW plug-in hybrid good for 100km of electric driving.

    As is the case with the Formentor, the VZ – which shares its 180kW engine with the Volkswagen Golf GTI – is likely to be axed for 2025.

    Topping the hatchback range will be a front-wheel drive VZx with 221kW of power, as is currently the case.

    As for the Sportstourer? When it touches down in the middle of 2025, it will be pitched as a more “high-end” proposition than the hatchback due to limited wagon demand locally.

    Expect to see the flagship VZx packing 245kW of power and all-wheel drive, and a 200kW plug-in hybrid.

    Cupra has introduced a number of performance-oriented options with this Leon update, led by a set of racier bucket-style seats.

    They’re a chance to come to Australia, given they feature on the Born VZ set to touch down later this year.

    Also a chance are the optional Akebono performance brakes revealed as part of the update.

    Beyond the overhauled engines, the Leon range has been treated to a new look and a freshened interior.

    There’s a new 12.9-inch touchscreen atop the dashboard, complete with backlit touch sliders and an interface designed to make key functions easier to access.

    PowerTorqueDriveBatteryEV range
    1.5 eTSI110kW250NmFWDN/AN/A
    2.0 TSI150kW320NmFWDN/AN/A
    2.0 PHEV200kW400NmFWD19.7kWh100km+
    2.0 TSI (hatch)221kW400NmFWDN/AN/A
    2.0 TSI (wagon)245kW420NmAWDN/AN/A

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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