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The new CUPRA Leon plug-in hybrid is now available to order in the UK, as a five-door hatchback or as an Estate.

The CUPRA Leon 1.4 e-HYBRID 245PS VZ2 has an electric-only range (WLTP) of 32 miles, a combined fuel consumption of up to 217.3mpg, emissions as low as 30g/km (WLTP) – and a 0-62 time of 6.7 seconds.

At the heart of the high-performance plug-in hybrid is a 150PS (110kW), 250Nm 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine; a 115PS (85kW) electric motor; and 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Together these provide 180kW/245PS of power and 400Nm of torque. The e-HYBRID model offers four CUPRA Drive profiles – Comfort, Sport, CUPRA and Individual.

The CUPRA Leon eHybrid always starts in all-electric mode (when the battery is sufficiently charged). The drive switches to Hybrid mode if the state of charge of the battery drops below a certain level or if the speed rises above 80mph. In Hybrid mode, the driver can pre-define a saved state of charge of the battery, only using the saved charge when within a low-emissions zone.

When the battery needs recharging, it can be done in as little as 3 hours 42 minutes using a 3.6kW AC Wall box (or 5 hours 48 minutes from 230V domestic socket).

Customers can purchase the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID VZ2 245PS from £34,495, with order books for pure-petrol variants opening early 2021. There’s a choice of three trim levels available as five-door or Estate: VZ2, VZ3 and an exclusive First Edition.

Deliveries to the UK will begin before the end of the year (2020) for plug-in hybrid variants.

Opening new CUPRA Leon order books for the PHEV variant before the traditional ICE variants signals a landmark for the CUPRA brand’s electrification strategy, which will continue with new PHEV variants of CUPRA Ateca and CUPRA Formentor launching in 2021 alongside the all-electric CUPRA el-Born.