More stories related to Geneva Motor ShowGENEVA – SEAT SA will put its second-generation Leon hatchback on sale this fall.

“This should put SEAT into overdrive,” A. Schleef, president of the auto maker’s executive committee, says in unveiling the ’06 Leon in prototype form at the auto show here.

SEAT Leon prototype.

A spokeswoman says it is too early to put a sales forecast on the new model.

The current Leon has been on the market for four years, a derivative of Volkswagen AG’s Golf platform.

The new 4-door, front-wheel-drive vehicle is targeted at younger buyers, with an aggressive front end and large honeycomb grille. Its 2L inline 4-cyl. engine generates 200 hp and 206 lb.-ft. (280 Nm) of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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