The Spanish automaker is introducing the 2010 SEAT Alhambra facelift version, and the company’s multipurpose MPV shares its platform with the new Volkswagen Sharan.
The 2010 SEAT Alhambra is now 22 cm longer and 9 cm wider than the outgoing version and besides weighting less the luggage area has a 885 litre capacity (2297 litres with the 5-seat configuration).
Engine options available for the 2010 SEAT Alhambra will include two petrol and two diesel units whic are the 1.4-litre TSI (148 BHP) and 2.0-litre (197 BHP) plus the 2.0-litre TDI with power levels of 138 BHP and 168 BHP.
The 2010 SEAT Alhambra price is expected to hover around the 22,000 Euro mark and you can find additional information in the official press release below.
The new Seat Alhambra has been formally revealed.
Based on the New VW Sharan, which was unveiled last month, details of the Alhambra were released after the car was caught running undisguised by spy photographers.
Like the Sharan, the Alhambra will be built on VW’s new flexible MQB platform. As a result, the Alhambra is 22cm longer and 9cm wider than the outgoing model, and weighs less.
The Alhambra will also keep rear sliding doors, while the third row of seats can be moved back and forth 160mm to accommodate both adults and children. Both the second and third row of seats will fold flat, extending the load area from 885 litres in five seat configuration to 2297 litres.
Two petrol and two diesel engines will be available from launch – a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI, a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol and two 2.0-litre TDI units, available with either 138bhp or 168bhp.
In line with the Sharan, new optional kit includes bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive control and automatic headlight dipping, park assist, which automatically parrallel parks the car, a rear viw camera and a sliding panormaic roof. The sliding door can also be fitted with electric motors.
Seat has yet to set a launch date for the Alhambra.
Prices are expected to start from around £20,000.
Seat press release :
The new SEAT Alhambra is the perfect companion for an active and sporty lifestyle. The Spanish brand‘s all-new Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) offers far more than plenty of space for family, business and hobbies. Its innovative versatility fits just as well to family requirements as it does to the demands of the high-mileage business driver. Just like every SEAT, sporting character and driving fun stand side by side with a high degree of usability. Thanks to its surprisingly dynamic handling, powerful drivelines ranging from 140 to 200 hp and the latest hi-tech equipment, every kilometre driven in the Alhambra is a joy – especially as they don’t come at the expense of outstanding efficiency. With average fuel consumption of only 5.5 litres, the Alhambra sets a benchmark in its segment.
“Innovation and intelligence are the keywords for our new Alhambra. It represents a major step forward in terms of usability as well as dynamics and safety,” says James Muir, President of SEAT, S.A. “Its impressive concept combines the highest levels of functionality and state-of-the-art technology with excellent quality and workmanship. This also includes – in typical SEAT fashion – exceptional good value-for-money.”
The Alhambra is the perfect size for a European MPV – its increased dimensions deliver an outstanding level of interior space. Thanks to its great visibility and nimble handling, however, it is incredibly manoeuvrable in city traffic. To put it into figures – with a length of 4.85metres, the new Alhambra is 22 centimetres longer than its predecessor, while it is wider by nine centimetres. There is even plenty of room for adults to sit comfortably in the third row, while the large sliding doors (with optional electric operation) enable easy entry. Luggage space is more than generous – with seating for five, the base volume is 885 litres, which grows to a maximum of 2,297 litres if only the front two seats are in use.
The seating concept
Central to development was the intelligent and extremely versatile seating concept – the new Alhambra comes with seating for five, six or seven. If more storage room is called for, the second and third-row seats must no longer be removed; instead, they can be sunk easily into the vehicle floor using the “Easy-Fold” system. The middle row seats can also be arranged longitudinally, with integrated child seats available as an option. The seating position of both the driver and front seat passenger combines the best visibility with an exceptionally sporty feel and perfect ergonomics.
The new Alhambra clearly conveys its dynamic character through its design. The broad, taut proportions, the clear lines and the distinctive wheel arches give it a powerful presence and a level of sporting appeal that is unusual in the MPV sector. With its arrow-shaped bonnet, hallmark grille and highly distinctive front skirt continuing the Arrow Design, the new Alhambra clearly displays its SEAT DNA. The sleek side profile shows great technical precision, with the sliding doors perfectly integrated. The muscular spoiler on the rear edge of the roof, the low-reaching rear hatch and the expansive light clusters dominate the rear end.
Beneath its attractive skin, the Alhambra is new in every detail and equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This starts with the engine line-up, where all TSI and TDI power units are equipped with direct fuel injection and turbocharging. The TSI units deliver 110 kW/150 hp and 147 kW/200 hp, while the two TDI engines offer 103 kW/140 hp and 125 kW/170 hp. Further efficiency technologies fitted as standard include the stop/start system and brake energy regeneration – the recovery of kinetic energy. These guarantee refined pulling power alongside exceptional efficiency. With an average fuel consumption of only 5.5 litres and CO2 emissions of just 143 g/km, the SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI with 103 kW/140 hp sets a clear benchmark in this vehicle class. The Alhambra TDI is also equipped with an SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction), making even the diesel model one of the world’s cleanest MPVs.
Just like the TSI and TDI engines, the optional DSG dual-clutch transmission delivers the perfect combination of sporting character, comfort and efficiency. But the range of state-of-the-art and innovative technologies offered as optional equipment on the new Alhambra is considerably broader. It includes bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive control and full beam assistant. A sensor detects oncoming vehicles and automatically dips the beam. Also new, is the park/steer assistant, which autonomously manoeuvres the Alhambra into tight parking spaces – even perpendicular to the direction of travel. The rear view camera delivers an image of the world behind the vehicle. The panorama sliding roof has an opening that is 300 percent larger than a conventional sunroof, while three-zone Climatronic ensures optimum temperature in all seating areas. Electric motors simplify the operation of the sliding doors and rear hatch.
Production standard safety equipment is already well above the industry average. It encompasses seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, and electric child locks on the rear doors. Also standard are ABS and ESP, including electronic braking assistant, trailer stabilisation and tyre pressure monitoring display. The Alhambra is offered in Reference and Style versions, where even the base equipment levels are extensive. The SEAT Alhambra will be produced in Palmela, Portugal, with market launch scheduled late this summer.
SEAT is the youthful and sporty car maker from Spain. SEAT offers unique, innovative design competence, state-of-the-art technologies and an outstanding level of precision and product quality.
Cars from SEAT are just as athletic as they are efficient, with driving fun being one of its key values. Its futuristic design language makes every SEAT unmistakable and immediately desirable. At the same time, the SEAT models are characterised by a high level of functionality and exceptionally good value-for-money, which makes innovative SEAT technology extremely attainable.
Home for SEAT is the town of Martorell near Barcelona. This is where the cars are designed, developed and, to a large degree, produced. The current line-up includes the Ibiza, Leon, Altea, Exeo and Alhambra. SEAT is part of the Volkswagen Group.