The latest generation of popular people mover the SEAT Alhambra will be up to 15 per cent more efficient when it arrives this summer.
That’s due largely to the car’s new engines and increased power output while fans of the seven-seater can also take advantage of new comfort and assistance systems, as well better connectivity and infotainment.
SEAT says that its line-up of petrol and diesel engines has been completely redeveloped, each powertrain fulfilling the Euro 6 emissions standard.
Powered by the 2.0 TDI version for instance, the Alhambra’s fuel figure is an impressive 57.6mpg, with emissions of 130g/km.
In the UK, the 2.0 diesels will be offered with 150 and 184PS of punch, while a 1.4 TSI petrol engine, also delivering 150PS, joins the party.
All engines can be combined with the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, which in its latest generation boasts a fuel-saving coasting function.
As for infotainment, there’s a new generation of SEAT Easy Connect systems including high-resolution touchscreen displays.
A multi-collision brake system is standard equipment but fresh to the line-up is a blind-spot sensor, which warns of unseen vehicles when changing lane. Also new is dynamic chassis control.
Design wise, the changes are subtle with new rear lights with LED technology and a new brand logo set into the front grille.
Inside there are new trim colours, the steering wheel design is taken from the SEAT Leon and some of the control elements have been redesigned.
SEAT chairman Jurgen Stackmann said: “Alhambra has seen a year of record sales in 2014. Innovation, driving fun, utility and safety are the keywords for the new-generation Alhambra, making it the perfect partner for an active lifestyle.”
The order book opens at the end of May but prices have yet to be announced.