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SEAT to launch 4x4 MPV

SEAT to launch 4x4 MPV

SEAT exhibited a four-wheel drive version of the Alhambra MPV in Geneva.

What is it?

SEAT has pulled the wraps off a four-wheel drive version of the latest Alhambra MPV. It has yet to be confirmed for sale in Ireland, as buyers are more likely to gravitate towards existing front-wheel drive models with lower emissions, but it will appear in other European showrooms.

Why's it here?

The four-wheel drive Alhambra is powered by the VW Group's 2.0-litre TDI engine via a six-speed gearbox. Expect 0-100km/h in 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 192km/h. Emissions of 158g/km are, unfortunately, Band D, while combined cycle consumption is quoted at 6.0 litres/100km (47.1mpg).

Eco features include brake energy recovery and stop-start, and SEAT says there will be five- and six-seat versions available later on.

Show stopper or floor filler?

Euro buyers are likely to pay the Alhambra 4WD some attention, but Irish buyers will probably stick to the front-wheel drive variants to save on fuel and taxation costs.

Published on March 3, 2011
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