Updated Seat Alhambra is More Efficient but More Powerful
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, then you would probably know that some of the scenes are actually filmed in Alhambra in Granada, Spain. This is a very beautiful palace and fortress complex and was originally a very small fortress built in 889 but then dropped behind. What makes it so special is that it was eventually rebuilt in the mid-11th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar, who has made it famous for its looks. And here is where its name comes from, literally meaning: "the red one".
But enough history talk, we are here to discuss the new generation Seat Alhambra that was just released and carries by accident (or not) the same name. The first thing to say about this MPV is that it is up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient, despite its increased output. Of course, the reason for this is the updated engine range.
It has been completely revised and all diesel and petrol powertrains in it fulfill the Euro 6 emissions standard. There are two 2.0 TDIs, with the first one delivering 150 hp (110 kW) that corresponds to 57.6 mpg and 130 grams of CO2 per km, and the second one with 184 hp (135 kW) and 380 Nm (288 lb-ft). There is also a 1.4 TSI petrol engine that joins the range and it will produce 150 hp. The optional transmission is the DSG dual-clutch automatic.
Furthermore, the new model is also equipped with SEAT Easy Connect infotainment systems. These comprise of high-resolution touchscreen displays and navigation. The other standard equipment here is the multi-collision brake system. New and optional are the Blind-Spot Sensor, Dynamic Chassis Control and those comforting massage seats.
Sadly, the exterior design of the car hasn't been changed much. At the back we see LEDs, while at the front there is a new grille and logo of Seat. The wheels also feature different design. Inside, the Alhambra received additional trim colours, the steering wheel is now with SEAT Leon's design and there is also a keyless entry and start system.
Seat Alhambra will be available in dealerships this summer.