In a strategic move away from the MPV sector, in early 2013, SEAT will launch a new MK4 Toledo that returns to the compact saloon offering of its model’s Mk1 and Mk2.
Spanish car manufacturer SEAT will offer the new Mk4 Toledo from £13,000. The re-positioning is seen as a move away from competition with the likes of the Vauxhall Zafira, Renault Scenic and even Volkswagen’s Touran.
The new SEAT Toledo targets the compact saloon market, growing in established and emerging markets, currently occupied by cars including the new Peugeot 301, Skoda Rapid and even the slightly more expensive Volkwagen Jetta.
SEAT will launch the Toledo with three (Volkswagen-built) engines – two petrol and one diesel. The two petrol engines are 1.2 litre/75ps and 1.4 litre /122ps. The TDI diesel engine is an Ecomomotive 1.6 litre/105ps which puts out just 104 g/km worth of CO2. Seat have hinted that a 90ps diesel, with even lower CO2 output, will join the Toledo line-up later in the year.
Built using the chassis from the Volkswagen Polo (as did the new Skoda Rapid), among the most impressive elements of the new Toledo has to be the 500-litre capacity boot. Not quite as big as the sector-leading 506 of the new 301 but, for a hatchback, impressive enough.
Elsewhere, the new Toledo is 80mm longer than the Mk2, providing far more space in the interior. Electric windows, central locking and six airbags are all standard while SEAT will offer a seven-speed dual-shift gearbox with the 1.4 litre petrol engines.
The move back toward compact saloon comes after SEAT saw the Mk3 Toledo, in MPV shape, underperform.