There are not that many four-wheel-drive MPVs in the market today, maybe because nobody feels the need! But Seat decided to offer a 4WD version of the Alhambra powered by a 2.0 TDI engine.
It would make sense for Seat to launch the new Alhambra 4WD in winter, but it will join the lineup in summer! The car features an electronically controlled all-wheel drive set up for optimum driving dynamics. Seat says this car offers sporty driving fun which is something you would expect from an MPV. It’s also comfortable for long distance journeys.
The central element is an electronically controlled and hydraulically operated multi-plate clutch. To further improve the already excellent axle load distribution, the multi-plate clutch is mounted at the end of the drive shaft in front of the rear axle differential – which is also a re-engineered, extremely compact and highly robust component.
The control unit constantly analyses the driving conditions. In the event that the front wheels slip, an electrically driven annular piston pump immediately builds up the oil pressure necessary for the clutch to divert a large proportion of the driving force to the rear wheels. Thanks to a high-performance pressure accumulator, this process takes just a matter of milliseconds.
As mentioned the 2011 Alhambra 4WD is powered by a 2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 hp and manual six-speed transmission. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h of 11.4 seconds and has a top speed of 191 km/h, while averaging 3.0 liter per 100 km in terms of fuel consumption with a CO2 figure of 158 grams per km.
The SEAT Alhambra 4WD is offered as a five-seater in the Reference and Style versions. The comprehensive standard equipment and many hi-tech options are the same as those offered on the models with front-wheel drive. Towards the end of the year, the Alhambra 4WD will also be available with six generous individual seats with a 2+2+2 seating arrangement.