SEAT Alhambra

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SEAT Alhambra
SEAT Alhambra   2010 2022
2010 2022

Volkswagen’s Group minivans built its first generation of minivans together with Ford, but for the second generation unveiled in 2010 relied only on its own resources.
SEAT Alhambra was one of the MPVs built by the German carmaker under the Spanish brand. While it kept the original idea, it showed a clear evolution in all of its aspects. From its design language to its underpinnings, it was a completely new vehicle, built on top of a Volkswagen platform.

Unlike its Volkswagen Sharan sibling, the Alhambra showed a sportier look. Its angular headlights were wide and gave an angry face to the minivan, and the sixteen vertical slats on the black grille offered an imposing presence on the road. The front fascia sported a wrapped-around bumper with a broad grille and two side-scoops for the headlights. From its side, the sloped windshield continued the steep hood. Unlike its predecessor, the second generation of the Alhambra featured sliding rear doors. At the back, the angular taillights were extended from the rear quarter panels to the wide tailgate.

Inside, the Alhambra offered room for seven with an option for integrated child seats in the middle row. At the front, the carmaker installed a wide dashboard with a tall center stack for the audio system and the bottom-mounted climate control unit. SEAT designers made an instrument panel with silver rings around the tachometer and speedometer, including the fuel and coolant-temperature gauges on their lower side.

Under the hood, SEAT carried over only the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel unit from the Alhambra’s facelifted first generation, but the 1.4-liter TSI (turbocharged gasoline) and the 2.0-liter TSI were new. The Spanish carmaker provided up to 220 hp for its MPV, which proved that the angry look was not for nothing.

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SEAT Alhambra
SEAT Alhambra   2000 2010
2000 2010

Volkswagen and Ford worked together to counteract the Eurovan alliance made between Fiat and PSA Group, and in 1995 they launched a range of minivans sold under three different badges.
While the Germans kept the most expensive and better-equipped vehicles, SEAT was in charge of attacking the budget-priced MPV market. It aimed directly at the rental companies and for those who asked for more from a minivan. The Seat Alhambra was a good bet since the Spanish brand was lower-priced than its siblings Volkswagen Sharan or Ford Galaxy.

SEAT introduced the facelifted Alhambra in 2000. It kept its brand image with the chromed S-badge at the front, surrounded by a body-colored bumper extension. Its grille with horizontal slats was spread between the redesigned headlights, which featured an angular styling and clear glass. Its steep hood was continued in the same line by the large windshield. The extended roof was slightly curved toward the end of the car, where a curved tailgate ended the vehicle. It was the transition design between the bio-design and new-edge design trend.

Inside, SEAT installed a seven-seat layout in a 2-3-2 configuration, with the second and third rows folding to increase the trunk’s volume. Due to its high-mounted seating position, the first and second rows offered enough room for passengers, although the third row was cramped and suitable mostly for children or short adults. The redesigned instrument panel featured silver rings around the dials and red needles. A new infotainment unit with a navigation system became available for the entire range.

Under the hood, SEAT installed VW-sourced engines, either gasoline or turbo-diesel versions.

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SEAT Alhambra
SEAT Alhambra   1996 2000
1996 2000

Rolled out in 1996, the SEAT Alhambra is a large MPV manufactured by the Spanish company in Palmela, Portugal.
The Alhambra shares multiple parts with the Ford Galaxy and VW Sharan, two models which are built at the same plant and which convinced their parent companies, Ford and Volkswagen Group, to sign an agreement to develop this new SEAT model. The first generation Seat Alhambra was available in multiple engine configurations, starting with a 1.8-liter gasoline unit which produces 148 horsepower and ending with a 2.0-liter diesel engine developing 138 horsepower.

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