SEAT has released details and pictures of the 2010/2011 SEAT Alhambra – the Spanish sister of the VW Sharan.
After we had the official reveal of the 2010 VW Sharan last month at Geneva, it’s not a huge shock that we now get the reveal of SEAT’s version of the Sharan – the SEAT Alhambra. We don’t think SEAT had planned on revealing the Alhambra quite yet, but there are undisguised spy shots flying around the Interweb so they obviously decided to be pragmatic and send out some info – and pictures – earlier than planned.
Just like the Sharan, the latest Alhambra is an all new job based on VW’s new flexible MQB platform so, just like the Sharan, the Alhambra is wider and longer than the current model, but also weighs less. The Alhambra also gets a much more sophisticated seat structure allowing far more variations of seating arrangements without having to remove the seats.
Engines on offer at launch include two petrols – a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI and a a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol – and two diesels - a pair of 2.0-litre TDIs with 138bhp or 168bhp. Options are very similar to the Sharan with park assist, rear view camera, Adaptive lights and electric sliding door. The panoramic roof is also three times the size of the old model.
Think of the SEAT Alhambra as a sporty VW Sharan at a good price point and you won’t be far out. There will be more detail before long including specs and prices. Launch is meant to be Summer in Spain, so probably Autumn in the UK.