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Frankfurt LIVE: 2014 SEAT Leon ST

The Leon ST rides on Volkswagen\'s modular MQB platform.

SEAT has lifted the veil off of the station wagon variant of its Euro-market Leon hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The ST (initials that stand for Sports Tourer) is the third member of the Leon lineup to ride on Volkswagen's modular MQB platform. It looks nearly identical to the five-door hatchback that bowed at the Paris Motor Show last year because it wears Seat's new corporate face that consists of trapezoidal LED headlights and honeycomb inserts in the grille. Out back, the ST features a noticeably longer rear overhang that clears up 20.7 cubic feet of cargo room, a respectable amount for a compact hatchback. Up to 52 cubic feet can be obtained by folding down the second row of seats.

Like all Leons, the ST features a simple and uncluttered dashboard and an easy-to-read instrument cluster that consists of two analog gauges and a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen that provides vital information about the car. A high-resolution color touch screen mounted on top of the center stack groups the car's communication, navigation (if equipped) and entertainment functions into a single unit.

Unsurprisingly, SEAT offers the ST with a host of Volkswagen-sourced gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines ranging from an 85-horsepower 1.2-liter to a 184-horsepower 2.0-liter. Buyers are able to choose between a manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, and all engines come standard with a fuel-saving automatic start/stop function in addition to an energy recuperation system.

Following its debut in Frankfurt, the Leon ST will go on sale across Europe towards the end of the year. Pricing information will be available closer to its launch.

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