The launch of the Seat Alhambra has been confirmed for the end of summer 2010. The large MPV is based on the VW Sharan, but the style and perhaps more importantly – price is a big improvement on the VW model.
It is notoriously difficult to make an MPV look good, and it is an important thing for Seat to get right. The manufacturer is under pressure with every model release after being labelled as ‘the Spanish Alfa’ in reference to the unique, stylish design of its cars.
Where it is easy to overdress an MPV and make the exterior complex, over-styled and quite frankly, look terrible, it’s a nice surprise to see the Seat Alhambra offering sleek, smooth lines and a clean-cut, simple style.
Practicality and safety is impressive in the Alhambra too. The MPV can seat five, six or seven and the second and third row of seats can be removed. The rear doors slide open to allow easy loading in the back.
Safety wise, it offers seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, and electric child locks on the rear doors. Also standard are ABS and ESP, including electronic braking assistant, trailer stabilisation and tyre pressure monitoring display.
The real place the Alhambra impresses is in the wallet though. It looks to be delivering the same levels of equipment, performance and capacity as its VW sister, but it is expected to have a smaller price.
If the pictures of the Alhambra are not enough, take a look at the Mazda 90th Anniversary website, where there is a timeline of pictures showing some of the most iconic Mazda cars of each era, stretching back as far as 1920.