The Frankfurt Motor Show will provide the setting for first showing of the Seat Altea Prototipo. This prototype heralds the arrival of a completely new production model, also called Altea, planned for launch in 2004. The Altea will be the first Seat product to be developed within the new Audi Brand Group created in early 2002.
The Altea Prototipo is not just another concept car or a demonstration of the Seat Design Centre’s creative talents - it is just a few steps away from becoming a reality. It is a true prototype that shows the styling of the new model that will become a pillar of the Spanish brand, sharing the spotlight with the Ibiza and Leon models.
The Altea Prototipo gives an insight into the new look of Seat’s future models. The front end features a large radiator grille that proudly displays the brand badge, and is highlighted by the cat’s eye-like headlamps. The side view clearly shows the dynamic line that flows downward over the doors to meet the rear wheel arches and will characterise all new Seat models.
From the outside, the Altea Prototipo’s clean lines give no indication where the engine space, passenger compartment and boot start and finish, making it a true mono-space. But this is a very special, sporty mono-space, that Seat calls an MSV.
MSV stands for Multi Sport Vehicle, a concept that combines sporty design and a dynamic driving experience with the functionality of a mono-space arrangement inside. On the Altea Prototipo this means 2+2 seating (four individual seats), an aerodynamic silhouette, a compact, lowered five-door chassis, and detailing worthy of a thoroughbred, such as the large 19 inch rims with low profile tyres, and the powerful brake system visible through the wheel spokes.
Such impressive looks are matched by excellent performance, which can be easily demonstrated as this is a fully functioning model. The Altea Prototipo also incorporates brand new technology for Seat, a powerful 2.0 FSI petrol engine - Seat’s first FSI engine. The engine’s 150 PS output is transmitted to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic and sequential Tiptronic gearbox. The chassis, of course, features the efficient ’Agile Chassis’ or DSR (Dynamic Steering Response) developed by Seat.