SEAT is continuing its ambitious product offensive with the motor show debut in Paris this week of an exceptionally versatile model: the new Alhambra.
New from the wheels up, SEAT’s roomy MPV offers plenty of space for leisure, business and hobbies fulfilling the expectations of family life, as well as the demands of high-mileage business drivers.
• New vehicle package with sliding doors sets MPV segment benchmark
• New range of efficient, high-performance TDI and TSI engines
• Greater modular functionality with seating for two to seven
The all-new Alhambra combines a high degree of usability with sporting character in true SEAT fashion. Its sophisticated running gear and extensive hi-tech equipment come together with a choice, in the UK, of three engines that combine powerful performance with outstanding efficiency.
The 2.0 TDI with 140 PS consumes only 5.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (51.4 mpg) – an absolute best in the segment. As a result, this Alhambra bears the new SEAT logo reserved for extremely low-emission models – E-Ecomotive.
Furthermore, the 150 PS 1.4 TSI and the 170 PS 2.0 TDI both feature Ecomotive technology and boast impressive fuel economy with the Stop/Start system and brake energy regeneration function as part of the SEAT efficiency package. Both display the Ecomotive logo.
‘Innovation and intelligence are the key words for our new Alhambra. This is a huge step forward in terms of usability as well as in dynamics and safety,’ said James Muir, President of SEAT, S.A.
‘Its outstanding concept combines the highest levels of functionality and state-of-the-art technology with an excellent standard of quality and workmanship. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a SEAT if it didn’t also represent incredible value for money.’
The new generation Alhambra has the perfect format for a versatile MPV. At 4.85 metres, it is now 22 centimetres longer than its predecessor. It has also gained an additional nine centimetres in width, taking it to 1.90 metres. These dimensions deliver an exceptionally generous amount of room, with ample space in the third row for two adults.
The long sliding doors, which are also available with the option of electric operation, offer easy access to all seats. The luggage compartment is also more than generous – measuring up to 2,430 litres, almost 2.5 cubic metres, when the second row of seats is folded.
The floor of the luggage compartment always remains completely flat, even with the seats folded. When the third row seats are folded, the load surface is 1.3 metres long and is finished with high quality carpeting. With five seats in place, load capacity up to the parcel shelf is 809 litres, or 1,339 litres up to the ceiling when the optional mesh net is in place. Boot space increases to 2,430 litres when the third and second row seats are folded.
The perfect complement to the generous load capacity on the new SEAT Alhambra is the redesigned hatch. To make cargo loading even easier, an electrically operated hatch is optionally available.
The focus of development work for new Alhambra was on the intelligent and highly variable seating concept. The car is available in the UK with seven seats. With the new EasyFold system, the second and third-row seats can be retracted into the vehicle floor in just one movement. Moreover, the second-row seats can also be positioned sideways, with integrated child seats available as an option.
The design makes the dynamics of the new SEAT Alhambra clearly evident from the first glance. The car’s overall breadth, the clear lines and the distinctive wheel arches create a powerful appearance. With the arrow-shaped bonnet, the eye-catching grille and the pronounced front skirt also sporting the arrow design, this large MPV sends a clear signal that it is part of the SEAT family. A beefy roof spoiler, the downward sweep of the hatch and large light clusters dominate the rear of the vehicle.
Beneath this attractive exterior, the Alhambra is an all-new vehicle developed from the ground up and packed with the latest technology. In terms of engines the TSI and TDI power plants are all direct injection turbocharged units. The 1.4 TSI generates 150 PS, while the two 2.0 TDIs deliver 140 PS and 170 PS to the front wheels. All three engines supply the Alhambra with a powerful and refined drive.
The new Alhambra features two systems that greatly enhance its efficiency – the Stop/Start system and the Brake Energy Regeneration function, which are included as standard equipment with all engine variants available in the UK.
With an average fuel consumption of 5.5 litres per 100 km (51.4 mpg) and CO2 emissions of only 143 g/km, the Alhambra equipped with the 140 PS 2.0 TDI delivers the best environmental performance in its segment. Moreover, both TDI units feature a selective catalytic reduction SCR catalytic converter, making them among the cleanest diesel engines in the world.
The new Alhambra is equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox, or an optional dual clutch automatic. Just like the engines, this hi-tech DSG delivers the perfect combination of sporty performance, comfort and efficiency.
A wide range of innovative technologies is offered for the new Alhambra – some as optional extras. They include bi-xenon headlamps and automatic high beam disconnection.
Also new is the Park Steer Assistant that helps the Alhambra’s driver to steer into even relatively tight spaces – both parallel and perpendicular to the road. Furthermore, the car’s three-zone Climatronic guarantees comfortable cabin temperatures.
In the UK SEAT will offer the Alhambra in familiar S, SE and SE Lux form – with even the entry-level S version coming with a generous range of standard equipment. Its extensive safety package incorporates seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, child locks on the rear doors and the ESP stability system complete with trailer stabilisation function and tyre pressure monitoring display.
The new Alhambra is being manufactured at the company’s plant in Palmela, Portugal, and is already available throughout the SEAT dealership network with a range of efficient, high-performance engines and a level of equipment that includes several hi-tech systems.
Now even more practical, spacious and luxurious the new SEAT Alhambra is set to become the new benchmark in the full size MPV class.