Efficient new engine headline mid-life facelift for Seat Alhambra

2015-04-27 10:11:20

Seat has officially unveiled a refreshed version of its Alhambra MPV that boasts a range of three revised engines capable of emitting as little as 130g/km whilst returning 57.6mpg.

The only visual clues to the Spanish car’s makeover are new LED headlights and tail lamps, a redesigned radiator grille and new alloy wheel designs.

Inside, there is a new steering wheel carried over from the smaller Leon, a revised centre console and chrome trim. The interior trim is also available with a choice of new colours. Massaging seats are also available along with keyless entry and start.

More significantly, the company says it has “completely redeveloped” the engine line-up with the company claiming that “the turbocharged direct-injection units are up to 15% more fuel efficient.”

There are two 2.0-litre diesel units and a 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine to choose from. The diesel unit is available with outputs of 148bhp or 182bhp. The lower-powered unit returns a decent 57.6mpg and emits 130g/km of CO2.

All the engines comply with the latest Euro6 emission regulations and can be mated to a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The only exception to this rule is the entry-level diesel model.

The latest generation of Easy Connect Infotainment system is also being made available on the revised Alhambra. It brings a high-resolution touchscreen and satellite navigation.

Safety equipment has also been improved with the standard fitment of multi-collision brake preventing further accidents after a collision. Blind spot monitoring and DCC adaptive chassis control have been made available as optional extras.

The latest Alhambra will arrive in the company’s UK dealer network during the summer with order books opening in May. Before that, full pricing and specifications will be released closer to the launch date.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor

Associate Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers