New Cupra Leon gets eHybrid plug-in hybrid option

242bhp, 37-mile electric range and sub-50g/km CO2 emissions for new Cupra Leon eHybrid electrified hot hatch and estate

Cupra Leon PHEV

SEAT's spinoff brand Cupra has taken the wraps off its high-performance take on the new Leon family hatchback and estate – and for the first time ever, it'll boast plug-in hybrid power.

But rather than the model making a wholesale switch to an electrified powertrain, the plug-in hybrid setup will be just one of several engine options for the latest incarnation of the popular Spanish performance car.

The Cupra Leon eHybrid, as it's officially known, will be available as a hatchback and estate, running a 1.4-litre petrol-electric engine with 242bhp and a 37-mile pure-electric range, courtesy of a 13kWh battery. CO2 emissions are expected to be below 50g/km.

The most powerful version will be a 306bhp, 2.0-litre, pure-petrol, four-wheel-drive version, offered only in the Leon ST estate bodystyle. Completing the range will be 242 and 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engines, both coming with front-wheel drive and available as both estate and hatchback.

All versions of the new Cupra Leon get distinctive exterior styling. Two unique matte paint finishes will be offered, along with a large open air dam at the front of the car and 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels coloured silver, black or copper. The car also sits 25mm lower at the front and 20mm lower at the back than its conventional counterpart.

A full-width light bar runs across the back of both the hatchback and ST Estate versions, above a new design of rear bumper which sits above copper-tipped exhaust pipes and an elaborate aerodynamic diffuser. Cupra says this Leon is eight percent more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor.

There's more copper to be found inside, including on the seat-stitching highlights, steering wheel and air-vent surrounds. On the steering wheel there's a switch to select from one of four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Cupra and individual.

Standard equipment will include full LED lights, keyless entry, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and gesture control, plus Apple and Android smartphone connectivity. No pricing or exact on-sale dates have been revealed just yet, but customers can pre-order the cars now from the Cupra website.