SEAT has announced pricing and specification details for its new Exeo saloon.
Available in April, the car will cost from £17,740 - and will be offered in S, SE, Sport and range-topping SE Lux trim levels.
Drivers will be offered a choice of three engines, all of which will meet Euro V emissions standards.
Most popular will be the common rail turbodiesels producing 141 or 168 bhp, while flagship models will get a potent 198bhp turbocharged petrol. All three cars get a six-speed manual gearbox.
At launch, the new SEAT saloon’s 0 to 62 mph times range from 9.2 seconds (for the 141bhp TDI) through 8.4 seconds (168bhp TDI) to a spirited 7.3 seconds for the 198bhp petrol turbo. Maximum speeds are 133 mph, 142 mph and 149 mph respectively.
Meanwhile, the Exeo is capable of up to 51.4 mpg (on the combined cycle) with an official CO2 emissions figure of as little as 143 g/km.
Among the equipment highlights are USB connectivity (allowing iPOD style music players to be used in-car); cruise control; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; dual zone climate control and stylish alloy wheels.