Seat unveiled today the new generation Alhambra, a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) that comes with new design, inside and out, and new improved engines. Compared to the old model, the new Alhambra is 22 centimeters longer and nine centimeters wider.

The 2011 Alhambra features an arrow-shaped bonnet, hallmark grille and highly distinctive front skirt, a sleek side profile with sliding doors, a muscular spoiler on the rear edge of the roof and expansive light clusters.

The new Alhambra is offered with both TSI and TDI engines, with power ranging from 150 HP to 200 HP for the TSI engines and from 140 HP to 170 HP for the TDI engines. The minivan also features stop/start system and brake energy regeneration and an SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction), making even the diesel model one of the world’s cleanest MPVs.

Press release after the jump.

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 Format

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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 Design

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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.

The engines

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.

The Technologies

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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.

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  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

Impressive enough! However, I think it will look more stunning with the other outstanding body paint. Anyway, it’s a good thing that it is so ideal for a family vehicle and the fact that it has a cozy interior.

  (399) posted on 12.12.2011

Its technology is the most interesting feature of this vehicle, and even though it doesn’t really have a stunning exterior appearance, it still looks lovely, and I love the fact that it is very practical to use for everyday transportation.

  (777) posted on 10.26.2011

It only looks so simple and ordinary on that design, but I have to agree that it is already striking on that sleek body paint and I noticed that its wheel is so cool about it, I just hope that the engine as well.

  (594) posted on 10.10.2011

I just simply love the fact that it is so ideal as a family van, but I must say that I don’t like the body paint that this car had. I think it’s not suited or fitted on it, anyway, the engine that it had been quite impressive.

  (256) posted on 10.4.2011

I simply love the technologies that this Alhambra had, even the safety features that it has. The interior looks so spacious and comfortable that everyone would love to have in their vans.

  (596) posted on 09.14.2011

Very convenient for a faily car. 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.

  (453) posted on 09.1.2011

The design of this Seat Alhambra had a lot of duplicates from the other car and sorry to say that this car is not impressive just like the car minivan. The color didn’t even suited for the image of the car.

  (302) posted on 04.15.2011

In addition to that..other automaker has a great designs for the interior, and seats were made of carbon fiber and has a tons of cool feature!

  (559) posted on 04.15.2011

There’s a lot of family car that is out there and more reliable and spacious than this plus the brand is well-known!

  (714) posted on 04.7.2011

Well, yes you have the point but thinking about the competition in the market, i don’t think that this car is competitive enough!

  (313) posted on 04.7.2011

Well, for a family car the engine power is just OK. And besides, i don’t want to see a car that has more that 100 hp when used daily we don’t want to see this car to have a high mileage!

  (274) posted on 03.15.2011

to be honest,I think its the perfect car for family outing. Its space efficient and
huge enough that you could actually lay inside!It has the capacity for seven seat! well,
that’s perfect for my familysmiley

  (302) posted on 02.10.2011

The Seat alhambra is perfect for the companionship of the member of the family affair. I like the volume of style especially when it moves.

  (344) posted on 09.26.2010

It would be nice if VW could bring it over as the next Routan (with a new name!) but I doubt VW could ever sell enough volume to justify such a move.

  (780) posted on 08.5.2010

How is VW succeeding in making clones for another brand in the main group without suffering the same consequences as GM with its multiple brands: similar styling, blurring of consumer target, dividing the marketing pie into more models, higher costs for restyling slow
volume sellers, etc..

  (387) posted on 05.11.2010

This Van is not that beautiful but I like the internal design which makes this van really looks so convinient.

  (377) posted on 05.5.2010

According to some sources on the web, the replacement Alhambra is expected to go on sale on October 2010

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