Monday, December 20, 2010

SEAT Alhambra Receives Five Stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test

SEAT Alhambra Receives Five Stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test

The new SEAT Alhambra has been awarded the highest five-star rating from the Euro NCAP consortium. This outstanding result in adult protection, child safety and pedestrian protection puts the Alhambra among the safest vehicle in its category and confirms the emphasis placed by SEAT on the issue of safety.

SEAT Alhambra
SEAT Alhambra
With 96 percent of the available points, the Alhambra achieved a virtually unbeatable rating for adult protection. In frontal, rear and side crash tests, partially maximum points were awarded for the driver and front seat passenger. The bodyshell structure proved itself to be very robust, with the standard-fit front, side and head airbags, as well as the driver-side knee airbag fulfilling their functions in best way. Moreover, the SEAT Alhambra offers a very high degree of safety for the whole family, scoring very good results for the protection of children travelling in the vehicle.

The top marks for the Alhambra confirm the emphasis placed by SEAT engineers on the issue of safety during the development of every vehicle. This, of course, includes active accident prevention - with the directional stability of its chassis, its powerful braking system and the optional ESP stability system, the Alhambra is also one of the best vehicles in its segment when it comes to active safety.

About SEAT Alhambra
The new SEAT Alhambra – the modern MPV for an active life
  • All new MPV line-up with state-of-the-art technology
  • Progressive bodyshell concept with sliding doors and five or seven seats
  • TDI and TSI engines boast dynamic character and outstanding efficiency
  • Sporty running gear with excellent comfort
  • A host of innovative, hi-tech, features

SEAT continues its extensive product offensive with the debut of a versatile, elegant and luxurious new model. The new Alhambra is an ideal choice for active and sporty individuals and families. It 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 from the ground up, today’s 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 of four engines that combine powerful performance with exceptional efficiency. The 2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 hp and a manual transmission consumes only 5.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, equating to an exceptionally low CO2 figure of 143 grams – an absolute best in the segment. As a result, this Alhambra bears the new SEAT logo for extremely low-emission models – Ecomotive E. The other Alhambra variants also boast impressive fuel economy, plus they are equipped with the stop/start system as part of the SEAT efficiency package and carry the designation Ecomotive.

“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, Chairman 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.”

Format
The Alhambra has the perfect format for a versatile MPV. At 4.85 metres, it is 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 adults. The long sliding doors, which are also available with electric operation in the Style equipment line, offer easy access to all seats. The luggage compartment is also more than generous – measuring 2,430 litres, almost 2.5 cubic metres, when the second row of seats is folded in the five-seat version.

Concept
One focus of SEAT’s development work on this car was on the intelligent and highly flexible seating concept. In its home market, the new Alhambra is available with either five or 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 driver seating position combines the best visibility with perfect ergonomics.

Design
The design makes the dynamics of the new SEAT Alhambra clearly evident from the first glance. The broad, taut proportions, the clear lines and the distinctive wheel arches create an appearance that exudes a powerful presence. With the arrow-shaped bonnet, the characteristic SEAT grille and the powerful front skirt also sporting the arrow design, this large MPV sends a clear signal that it is part of the SEAT family. A subtle roof spoiler, the downward sweep of the hatch and large light clusters dominate the rear of the vehicle. An electrically actuated rear hatch is available as an option.

Technology and equipment
SEAT offers a wide range of innovative technologies for the new Alhambra – some as optional extras. They include the optional bi-xenon headlamps with cornering lights and automatic full beam. 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. The driver’s active participation during these manoeuvres is still, of course, required. A three-zone climatronic system guarantees comfortable cabin temperatures regardless of seating position.

In its home market SEAT offers the Alhambra in the Reference and Style equipment lines – with even the Reference level coming with a generous range of equipment. Its extensive safety package incorporates seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, child locks on the rear doors and ESP stability system complete with trailer stabilisation function and tyre monitoring display.

Not only is the new Alhambra extremely cost effective to maintain, its purchase price is also highly competitive, delivering the excellent value for money that is acknowledged as a classic SEAT feature. The Alhambra is manufactured at the company’s plant in Palmela, Portugal, with its market launch scheduled for autumn 2010.

Drive units
Beneath its attractive exterior, the Alhambra is an all-new vehicle developed from the ground up and packed with the latest technology. It starts with the engine line-up – the two pairs of TSI and TDI power plants are direct injection turbocharged units. The two TSIs generate 110 kW / 150 hp and 147 kW / 200 hp, while the TDIs deliver 103 kW / 140 hp and 125 kW / 170 hp to the front wheels. All four engines supply the Alhambra with powerful and refined drive.

The stop/start system and the energy recovery function, components from the Ecomotive technology programme, come as standard with three of the four engines and contribute to the exceptional efficiency of the new SEAT MPV. With an average fuel consumption of 5.5 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of only 143 grams per km, the Alhambra 2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 hp sets the benchmark in its segment. Moreover, both TDI units are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction), making them among the cleanest diesel engines in the world. The optional dual clutch transmission – standard in the 2.0 TSI – shifts gear incredibly quickly and smoothly. Just like the engines, this hi-tech gearbox delivers the perfect combination of sporty performance, comfort and efficiency.

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