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Snapped! Cupra's facelifted Leon borrows Tavascan style

Published: 12 September 2023 Updated: 12 September 2023

 Cupra refreshes the Leon
 New headlights, new rear design
 Follows the new Tavascan design

Cupra is positioning itself as a premium electric vehicle brand, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving up on internal combustion engines in the near future. With that in mind, you’re looking at a refreshed prototype of the Cupra Leon hatch, due to be revealed within the next six months. 

Leon spy shots

What’s new? 

Our spy photographers have snapped the new car from every angle, but only two areas of the car wear any significant camouflage: the front and the rear. 

New león headlights

At the front, the new car gets Cupra’s new triple triangle headlight signature, as it looks to keep up with the new design direction found on the upcoming, electric Tavascan SUV. The front bumper has been redesigned too, and this Cupra wears its grille with pride – a contrast to the grille-less, slippery Born for example. 

At the rear, expect the changes to be much smaller. CAR understands there’ll only be a change to the rear light signatures and small tweaks to the bumper design. 

Leon rear lights

Have we seen this? 

At an event last year, Cupra revealed several forthcoming models – including the new Leon – and these spy shots match up with what we saw then. Mostly the same, the new car will feature the same light signature as the rest Tavascan, and eventually the Born.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes