| 15th September 2011
The Seat Exeo saloon and estate have been overhauled for 2012 with some tweaks to the styling and lower running costs.
The Exeo, the Spanish car maker's answer to the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, now boasts some modern features such as LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps at the front.
This gives the car a more executive feel, something the manufacturer best known for its sporty styling is keen to improve.
Inside the push for a more premium saloon and estate for the range continues with leather highlights and a new, more upmarket upholstery being added to the range.
Seat says the saloon and estate are now 'fleet-friendly' thanks to the upgrades, but more importantly the cars are now cheaper to run than ever.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine has been revised to deliver CO2 emissions of 129g/km for both the saloon and estate, while the saloon now boasts fuel economy of 57.6mpg in its latest guise.
This, says Seat, will be improved further when Start/Stop technology is added to the Exeo in 2012. The technology automatically turns the engine off when the car is stationary in traffic, saving fuel and impacting on CO2 emissions.
A figure under 120g/km of CO2 emissions is likely when the technology is introduced, dropping the car into a lower band of Vehicle Excise Duty.
Seat will also offer two more diesel options and a turbocharged petrol engine with the new 2012 Seat Exeo range.
A new Multitronic gearbox with CVT-based technology and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles is also available with the new range for the first time.
Prices for the new Seat Exeo start at £19,285 for the entry-level saloon. Both the new Seat Exeo saloon and new Seat Exeo ST - or estate - are on sale in the UK now.
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