Seat has officially unveiled the new Toledo, first seen as a prototype at the Madrid Motor Show.

The new Toledo will have its public debut in September at the International Automobile Salon in Paris, and will be on sale in the UK early 2005.

The new Toledo is the second model in the new generation of Seat cars that began with the Altea, with a distinctive rear hatch, large front grille and the expressive headlights. The Seat dynamic line, a design feature running from the front wheel arch, along the doors and descending to the rear wheel, is clearly visible along the sides.

At 4.50 metres long and 1.77 metres wide, the new Toledo offers more interior space than some longer vehicles thanks to its mono-volume design and its height of 1.57 metres. It also boasts a two-level luggage compartment with a 500 litre capacity.

Features include an MP3-capable audio system and Bluetooth technology to allow any suitably equipped mobile phone to use the vehicle’s hands free system, including multi-function buttons in the steering wheel.

The new Toledo will be available with four different engines, two petrol – 150 bhp 2.0 FSI and 102 bhp 1.6 – and two Diesel – 140 bhp 2.0 TDI and 105 bhp 1.9.

The two most powerful engines – the two-litre FSI and TDI – are combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the FSI will be available with automatic and sequential Tiptronic 6-speed gearbox. The 2.0 TDI will have the option of the new DSG 6-speed gearbox.

ABS, TCS and ESP systems are all included, along with emergency brake assistance (EBA), electro-mechanical power steering and the Seat developed Agile Chassis system. Six airbags provide accident protection and all five seats are fitted with three-point seat belts.