In April 2009 SEAT presents for the first time the new Exeo to the international public. By this new sporty middle class limousine, the Spanish car manufacturer extends its model range, offering for the first time a limousine in the important B-segment.

The new SEAT Exeo not only signals the brand's arrival in the saloon segment, but is also a breakthrough for common rail Diesel engines. The Exeo provides lower emissions levels, better fuel consumption figures and lower noise levels.

The new SEAT Exeo has just been revealed and it is most likely the designated model for WTCC. However, the Exeo is really not a new model, is the old Audi A4 (B7) with SEAT headlights, grille, interior details, etc.

The new SEAT Exeo Saloon is all about speed in a minimalist design.

Standard equipment is generous, including ABS, ESP, dual-zone climate control, seven airbags, 16-inch wheels and a trip computer,alloy wheels and Bluetooth phone preparation. As usual, expect a range of options including satnav, bigger wheels, rear parking sensors, steering wheel controls, bi-xenon headlights and leather upholstery to be available, too.

Customers can also opt for sports suspension at no additional cost. The SEAT Exeo features a long list of optional equipment that significantly increases onboard comfort and safety. Customers who choose the optional navigation system will enjoy one of the highest definition 6.5-inch colour TFT screens on the market. It has several configuration possibilities, including location of petrol stations, motorway lane observance, manoeuvring locations on the map or topography map, among others.

The Exeo on show in Paris is powered by a turbo-charged 197 bhp 2.0-litre TSI with combined fuel consumption of 36.6 mpg, while CO2 emissions are below 185 g/km. SEAT has promised excellent handling, thanks to specially tweaked suspension elements - the front suspension set-up is an independent multilink, with a trapezoidal link at the rear. Light alloy elements on both shafts also considerably reduce unsuspended mass.

SEAT President, Erich Schmitt, confirmed the fact that with the Exeo, SEAT is bringing to market a car for dynamic and sporty drivers of the B segment. He also said that the Exeo is an alternative for company car drivers who expect a quality, fuel efficient vehicle that offers driving fun at an affordable price coupled with low emissions.

Seat claims that the five-seat saloon promises premium quality and exceptional levels of standard equipment, alongside a healthy dose of SEAT's trademark sporting character. The firm has confirmed that its luxurious Latin newcomer, due to go on sale in the UK in April, it will be offered in S, SE, Sport .

SEAT is making a big entrance in the saloon segment with a great car. The Exeo stands out as one of the most advanced models in its category and features very competitive pricing. Seat's designers, headed by award winning Luc Donckerwolke, have had a good bash at giving the Exeo a unique style. Some of the more obvious Seat traits have been grafted on and the result is a smart looking vehicle