Seat Altea Prototipo
The SEAT Altea is a compact MPV produced since March 2004 by the Spanish car manufacturer SEAT. Its name comes from the Spanish town of Altea town of Valencia, located in the province of Alicante. The Altea shares structural elements with other models in the segment C of the Volkswagen Group, as the SEAT Leon and Volkswagen Touran. The Altea is somewhat lower than other C-segment MPV, but higher than Passenger car segment C. All variants are five places where usual in the C-segment MPV is that long variants have seven seats. Its main competitors are the Citroën C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max, the Opel Zafira, the Renault Scenic and the Toyota Corolla Verso.
The Altea launched a new brand, the brand responsible christened "The new SEAT", and that was previously shown in Tango Emotion and prototypes. In its first year, sales of this model were 65,592 units. The Altea XL has sales of 40,000 units per year, while the Altea Freetrack expected around 15,000. In the spring of 2009 was restyled in all versions, with the intent to manufacture until 2012.
The prototype Altea was presented at the Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2003. SEAT Altea Prototype was not just an imaginary futuristic proposal or a demonstration of the art of the Centre in Martorell, but was intended to announce the arrival of the final model production, the SEAT Altea, which was released in 2004. was the first product developed by SEAT in the new Audi Brand Group, which was established in early 2002.
The SEAT Altea Prototype design anticipated the new SEAT model, which was intended as a pillar of the Spanish brand, sharing a place in the market with the SEAT Ibiza and SEAT León.
The Altea Prototype was equipped with an automatic and sequential Tiptronic changes, with six speeds. It was powered by a 2.0 liter FSI four-cylinder, which developed an output of 150hp at 6000 rpm.
The Altea is a front wheel drive with transverse front engine, all four cylinders in line. The gasoline is a 1.4 liter 85hp of maximum power, 1.4 turbo with 125hp, a 1.6-liter 102hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged 160hp and a 2.0-liter turbocharged in variants of 185 or 200hp. The 1.9-liter diesel is a 105hp of maximum power and 2.0-liter versions of 140 or 170hp, both with variable geometry turbochargers and direct injection injector.
The gasoline and diesel 200hp 170hp exist only with equipment levels and Freetrack FR. Depending on the engine, the gearbox can be manual five-or six-speed, sequential or automatic six-speed dual clutch.
In principle this risky maneuver surprised SEAT, as it was in open competition with other vehicles in the range, the SEAT Toledo III.
The Altea XL is available with the following engines:
In 2006 the names change in the Reference and Sport holds, renamed Stylance Style and Green finished appear and FR.
With the arrival of the restyled version finishes are reduced to three: Select, Reference and Style.
In late 2013 I-tech version for both the original Altea "Short" to the Altea XL "L" appears its main feature is the dark rims.
Showed the prototype SEAT Altea FR at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2006, as a preview of the final version that began shipping in the first quarter of that year.
Outside, what caught the attention of the prototype compared to a normal Altea (besides the giant stickers on the side that does not take the final version) is that the roof is painted glossy black. The mirrors and wheels were chrome and has a dual exhaust outlet (70 mm in diameter each). The bumpers had a new design and measurement were 225/40R18 tires.
Inside were four individual sports seats; Rear could move longitudinally. Leather upholstery in black contrasted with different elements of silver and gray: I headliner, handles and door handles, sunglass holder, and the dashboard and console. The hood of the instrument cluster, gear knob and handbrake handle were also leather upholstery.
The FR logo was embroidered on the seat backs. Also on the steering wheel, instrument panel and shift knob.
Xenon headlights were, short and long, were illuminated in turn. The pilots were transparent.
Besides differentiating the various aesthetic elements, the prototype took the 2.0 TDi 170 CV bearing the Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Golf VI GT V. With this engine the Altea reached 208km/h (only 7km/h rather than the 140 enginehp) and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 8.6 s.
The Altea crash tests conducted by EuroNCAP in 2005:
The SEAT Altea XL Electric Ecomotive becomes the first electric vehicle that could be considered as SEAT 100% Spanish. Nothing is further from reality. The first electric Martorell shall, as one would expect, the electrical technology of the Volkswagen Group and specifically a motor of 85 kW (115hp) and an almost constant maximum torque of 270 Nm, the same employing between others the Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion that would have scheduled to begin commercialization by 2013. Their maximum speed is limited to 135km/h and its autonomy still do not know anything, but considering the 150 kilometers of Golf and the added weight of the Altea XL can go making us the idea to be around 100 -130 miles.
The SEAT Altea Freetrack prototype was shown at the Geneva Motor Show 2007. Shared platform with the SEAT Altea XL, but is 185 mm higher. It is the prototype that is based on the Altea XL4, a family SUV based on the Altea XL.
The Altea Freetrack Prototype was equipped with the same engine used in the SEAT León Cupra, the 2.0 TFSI petrol and turbocharged 240hp maximum power. The gearbox is an automatic dual-clutch system coupled to a four wheel drive with a great height. Unlike production models, the prototype alloy wheels wearing 19-inch (medium-profile 255/50), spare wheel attached to the tailgate and bumper the body color ("white polar mate").
The production version of the SEAT Altea Freetrack was officially presented at the Motor Show in Barcelona in 2007. Altea Freetrack became commercially available in the third quarter of 2007 and was introduced as the SUV version of the SEAT Altea XL, which in turn is a variant with a different and longer back than the SEAT Altea, designed as a Multi Sport Vehicle or "sport-purpose vehicle", created as a broad concept car sporty and safe.
With respect to the prototype, the production model lost alloy wheels 19-inch spare wheel attached to the tailgate and the bumper of body color. The differences with the other trim levels of the Altea XL are mostly aesthetic, but one reinforced with more ground clearance and suspension, unlike other similar minivans, four-wheel drive.
As SEAT lacks SUVs, the Altea Freetrack official rival models such as the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai and Toyota RAV4.
It is offered with front-wheel and four wheels. The engines available are: