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First teased in a series of sketches, the Seat Leon Cross Sport concept has been unveiled in Frankfurt. The powerful little crossover is a two-door compact hatch that stands 41 mm higher than the Leon Cupra, the model on which it is based on. The company says the Leon Cross Sport is akin to a “performance athlete in high-tech trekking shoes.”

In front, the “SUV” sports a large air intake, a similar grille as its hatchback sibling and full LED headlights. On the side, its extended wheel arches and side sills are painted gloss black while the rear sports a roof spoiler and a very noticeable quad exhaust system. Elsewhere, 19-inch Y-spoke wheels with a two-tone finish and polished accents are to be found.

Adding to that, it’s painted in the same signature shade of orange first seen on the 20V20 concept in Geneva. The design, according to the company, is actually a clear indication of Seat’s design direction for its SUV and crossover models in the future.

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Inside, the Seat Leon Cross Sport concept gets orange Alcantara accents applied to its leather seats, cockpit and steering wheel – the same colour is also used unsparingly on the door panels and centre console. It is equipped with the marque’s Full Link infotainment platform which connects smartphones to the system and projects apps and whatnot on to the display screen.

Apart from that, the Seat ConnectApp system that allows drivers to make calls, activate the navigation system and even find the nearest petrol station as well as read out incoming messages via self-selected gestures is made available on the Leon Cross Sport. Other driver assistance features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist, traffic sign recognition and lane keeping assistance.

Underneath the bonnet is the same mill found in the Leon Cupra 290. The recently-updated 2.0 litre TSI engine has been boosted further from 290 PS to 300 PS while torque figures have also been upped from 350 Nm to 380 Nm from 1,800 rpm. It goes from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The engine is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox.

The Seat Leon Cross Sport concept comes with permanent all-wheel drive which utilises a fifth-gen Haldex system that consists of a new multi-plate clutch with hydraulic actuation and electronic control along with an electronic differential lock. The entire setup is complemented by a “progressive steering” and a revised electronic stability system. Liking Seat’s own version of a compact SUV?