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Seat officially launches its new MPV

The new Seat Alhambra has been formally revealed.

Based on the New VW Sharan, which was unveiled last month, details of the Alhambra were released after the car was caught running undisguised by spy photographers.

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Like the Sharan, the Alhambra will be built on VW’s new flexible MQB platform. As a result, the Alhambra is 22cm longer and 9cm wider than the outgoing model, and weighs less.

The Alhambra will also keep rear sliding doors, while the third row of seats can be moved back and forth 160mm to accommodate both adults and children. Both the second and third row of seats will fold flat, extending the load area from 885 litres in five seat configuration to 2297 litres.

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be available from launch - a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI, a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol and two 2.0-litre TDI units, available with either 138bhp or 168bhp.

In line with the Sharan, new optional kit includes bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive control and automatic headlight dipping, park assist, which automatically parrallel parks the car, a rear viw camera and a sliding panormaic roof. The sliding door can also be fitted with electric motors.

Seat has yet to set a launch date for the Alhambra.

Prices are expected to start from around £20,000.

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crashbangwallop 20 April 2010

Re: New Seat Alhambra revealed

Sales of Audi's like the rest of the VAG group are continuing to go up. Audi is now selling on a line with Merc and BMW.

You are right that VAG is putting similar cars on shared platforms but they are finding different buyers.

It's been hugely successful and yet other companies have failed with a similar approach.

artill 20 April 2010

Re: New Seat Alhambra revealed

Rover P6 3500S wrote:
But why would you spend £21,315 on a boggo Audi A4, with no kit at all, when a comparable and better-equipped Passat is about 18k and a Skoda Superb, with a plusher, better-equipped and more spacious cabin than either of its sisters

Its just a badge isnt it.

i had a trip in a friends A6 last week. First time in one. I thought Audis had posh cabins. It didnt. It certainly didnt ride well. It had an intrusive engine (yes it was a diesel). There are obviously better ways to spend your money, but park an Audi outside someones office and it sais something a VW or Skoda doesnt. I dont know if thats just the UK (i guess not from the sales figures worldwide) but it tells you something about people.

crashbangwallop 19 April 2010

Re: New Seat Alhambra revealed

Either VAG management and brand managers and millions of customers each year are right or you are. Based on VAG's performance over the last 30 years, I suspect that it's not you.