Seat's new Altea Freetrack 4x4
- First 4x4 from Seat goes on sale this September
- High-specification trim, high-power engines
- Starting prices likely to be at least £19,000
This is Seat's first 4x4 model - the Freetrack version of the Seat Altea XL MPV.
Following the concept car that appeared at the Geneva Motor Show this March, the Altea Freetrack will only be available with a 198bhp 2.0-litre petrol or 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel when it goes on sale in the UK this September.
There'll only be one high-specification trim, too, so expect starting prices to be high at around £19,000 or more.
The Freetrack's ride height is increased by 40mm over the standard Altea, while a full-time automatic four-wheel-drive system can send up to 50% of the engine's power to the rear wheels if the front ones start to slip.
There's also some brutish body-cladding and beefed-up bumpers to differentiate the car from the normal Altea XL.
The high-specification trim will include a range of goodies, most noticeably a roof-mounted seven-inch screen in the rear that can be hooked up to a DVD player, video games console, MP3 player or a laptop.
Other features include stability control, six airbags, dual-zone climate control, automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, parking sensors, cruise control, rear window blinds and an MP3-compatible CD stereo with steering wheel-mounted controls.
198bhp 2.0-litre FSI petrol
Top speed 133mph
Provisional average fuel consumption 30mpg
178bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel
Top speed 127mph
Provisional average fuel consumption 41.5mpg
Seat has confirmed that it will build a dedicated off-roader to go on sale as early as next year. The more-focused 4x4 is likely to be based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, which arrives in the UK this autumn.
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