Spanish-based carmaker, Cupra, has added an entry level variant to its Leon hot-hatch range.
Priced at a recommended $43,990, the new Leon V undercuts the previous cheapest VZ variant by $9000.
The Cupra brand is still largely unknown in Australia.
A Volkswagen affiliate it’s the high-performance division of SEAT and was established in 2018 as a stand-alone brand.
Initially there are three models in the Australian line-up: Formentor crossover SUV, Ateca SUV and Leon hatchback.
The Cupra Leon V will be available to order in January ahead of first deliveries during the first half of 2023.
The Leon V is powered by a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, with a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic transmission.
The more powerful Leon VZ and VZe variants get 180kW with the high-performance VZx reaching 221kW.
Despite its lower price equipment levels in the Leon V are impressive with LED headlights, fog lamps with cornering function, rear tinted windows, rear spoiler, keyless entry/start, heated power folding mirrors, black interior headliner, ambient light interior, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, sports seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated scuff plates, light and rain sensor and three-zone climate control.
Infotainment technology includes a 12-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit as well as wireless phone charging, wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and four USB-C ports.
Safety technology includes Light Assist (automatic high beam), Travel Assist incorporating semi-autonomous Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist, Park Assist, Side Assist, Driver Fatigue Monitor, Emergency Assist and rear camera.