Following the design story of the SEAT Leon hatchback we report the design details on the estate version of the model, first revealed at the past Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Compared to the 5-door hatchback, the Leon ST is 27 cm longer (4,535 mm). Despite this increase, the estate version maintains the same wheelbase and design from the front end up to the rear wheel area.
In particular, the arched roofline was left almost untouched, as Head of SEAT Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos explains: “The roofline follows almost exactly the same line as the five-door, just stretched a little farther back.”
The length difference is concentrated in the rear section, which offers a load capacity of 587 liters, rising to 1,470 liters with the rear seat backrests folded.
The sides maintain the two tornado lines that add visual interest and dynamism to the overall volume.
As with the front section, the rear end is also left untouched comared with the five–door hatchback, with the same visual theme and trapezoidal tail lamps framed by the tornado line – the only new element is a horizontal crease line that connects the bottom edges of the lights.
Below we also report a second video with some statements by Design Director Alejandro Mesonero shot at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show debut.