Seat has revealed pictures of its all-new Alhambra people carrier, and promises it will have more interior space than ever. The new seven-seater is 22cm longer and 9cm wider than its predecessor and is based on the new Volkswagen Sharan we saw at last month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Like the VW Sharan, access to the rear seats has been much improved thanks to a pair of electronically operated twin sliding doors, while the seating arrangement can be configured to accommodate five, six or seven people (including ISOFIX fittings for child car seats).
With seating for five, the Seat Alhambra offers an expansive 885 litres of boot space – a Ford Mondeo’s boot holds 528 litres – but use only the two front seats and you can create your very own removal van with 2,297 litres of space. Seat plans to offer a wealth of family-friendly optional extras too, including satellite navigation, a DVD player and a panoramic roof.
Outside, the design of the new Seat Alhambra has been brought in line with the rest of the Seat range, incorporating the ‘Arrow Design’ philosophy that is most evident on the Seat Ibiza.
Engines available from launch include two petrol and two diesel units – a 148bhp 1.4-litre or 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol, or two 2.0-litre diesel units with either 138bhp or 168bhp. The 138bhp diesel returns 51.4mpg and emits 143g/km and includes fuel-saving technology such as engine stop-start.
We’re expecting the new Seat Alhambra to be priced from around £20,000 and to be in showrooms for the summer. Just in time for that family road trip.
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