SEAT Altea

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SEAT Altea
Seat Altea front 20090919.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT
Production 2004–present
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Designer Walter de Silva
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door multi-purpose vehicle
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35)
Related Audi A3 Mk2
Audi TT Mk2
SEAT León Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
Volkswagen Golf Mk5
Volkswagen Golf Mk6
Volkswagen Golf Plus
Volkswagen Touran
Škoda Octavia Mk2
Powertrain
Engine Petrol engines:
1.2 L I4 TSI
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 TSI
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 TSI
2.0 L I4 FSI
2.0 L I4 TSI
GAS/LPG engines:
1.6 L LPG
Diesel engines:
1.6 L I4 TDI
1.9 L I4 TDI
2.0 L I4 TDI
2.0 L I4 TDI DPF
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed tiptronic Automatic
6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox
7-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,580 mm (101.6 in)
Length 4,280 mm (168.5 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,560 mm (61.4 in)

The SEAT Altea is a compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by the Spanish automaker SEAT since 2004. The vehicle was designed by the Italian Walter de Silva and launched in 2004 as the first example of SEAT's new corporate look. The third generation Toledo was identical, except for the addition of a larger boot.

Another extended version, the Altea XL is also available (having been first presented at the 2006 Paris Motor Show). In 2007 the Altea Freetrack with 4WD and higher suspension was released.

Overview[edit]

The Altea was released a few years after many of its competitors arriving on the scene, but it was expected to sell well. However, it exceeded expectations and 31,223 Alteas were sold within the first year.[1]

It is a family-oriented five-seater, which attempts to portray a more sporty image than most of its rivals. The car is based on Volkswagen Group's A5 (PQ35) platform. An unusual design feature is the 'vertical parked' windscreen wipers, which are designed to improve pedestrian safety. They disappear in to the window surround either side of the screen. The effect is a completely cleanly swept windscreen but does mean the 'A pillars' are rather wide and cause a blind spot.

There are six trim levels: Essence (no longer available in the UK), Reference, Reference Sport, Stylance, Sport (no longer available in the UK) and FR. Internal combustion engines are available, with the range-topping 2.0 FR Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) delivering 125 kilowatts (170 PS; 168 bhp), available since April 2006. There are four gearboxes available (depending on market and engine); five or six-speed manual, five-speed tiptronic automatic, and six or seven-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox.

It is named after the Spanish city of Altea.

Safety[edit]

In 2004, the SEAT Altea was tested for its safety performance under the Euro NCAP assessment scheme and it achieved a 5-star overall rating:[2]

Awards[edit]

  • "Red dot: best of the best" design award, from the Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) Design Centre[3]
  • 'The World's Most Beautiful Automobile 2004', in Milan[4]
  • 'Autonis' Design Award, by the 'Auto-Strassenverkehr' and 'MOT' Magazines
  • 'Best Concept Car in 2003', by the Designers (Europe) organisation (for the SEAT Altea Prototipo)[5]
  • 'Towncar of the Year' Award, by Caravan Club in collaboration with the English magazine What Car?
  • 'Auto Trophy' 2004 and 2005, by the German car magazine Autozeitung[6]
  • “XII Edición de los Premios del Motor” 2005 award by the Spanish magazine Telva[7]
  • 'Coche de Flotas del Año' 2005 award by the Spanish magazine Flotas
  • 'Ampe' award in 2005 in the Internet category[8]

Powertrain[edit]

The following powertrain specifications are available:

all available internal combustion engines are inline four cylinder designs
model displacement, valvetrain,
fuel system
max power
at rpm
max torque
at rpm
engine
ID code(s)
petrol engines
all fuel injected
1.2 TSI[9] 1197 cc, 8v SOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
@ 5,000 rpm
175 N·m (129 lbf·ft)
@ 1,550–5100 rpm
CBZ
1.4 1390 cc, 16v DOHC
multi-point fuel injection
63 kW (86 PS; 84 bhp)
@ 5,000 rpm
132 N·m (97 lbf·ft)
@ 1,500 rpm
BXW/CGG
1.4 TSI[10] 1390 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
92 kW (125 PS; 123 bhp)
@ 5,600 rpm
200 N·m (148 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750–4,000 rpm
CACX/CAX
1.6 1595 cc, 8v SOHC
multi-point fuel injection
75 kW (102 PS; 101 bhp)
@ 5,600 rpm
148 N·m (109 lbf·ft)
@ 3,800 rpm
BGU/BSE/BSF/
CCS/CMX
1.8 TSI 1798 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
118 kW (160 PS; 158 bhp)
@ 5,000−6,200 rpm
250 N·m (184 lbf·ft)
@ 1,500−4,500 rpm
BYT/BZB/
CDA
2.0 FSI 1984 cc, 16v DOHC
Fuel Stratified Injection
110 kW (150 PS; 148 bhp)
@ 6,000 rpm
200 N·m (148 lbf·ft)
@ 3,500 rpm
BLR/BLY/
BVY/BVZ
2.0 TSI FR 1984 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
147 kW (200 PS; 197 bhp)
@ 5,100–6,000 rpm
280 N·m (207 lbf·ft)
@ 1,800–5,000 rpm
BWA
2.0 TSI 1984 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
155 kW (211 PS; 208 bhp)
@ 5,300−6,200 rpm
280 N·m (207 lbf·ft)
@ 1,700−5,200 rpm
CCZ
Liquefied Petroleum Gas engines
(GAS/LPG)
1.6 LPG 1595 cc 75 kW (102 PS; 101 bhp)
@ 5,600 rpm
148 N·m (109 lbf·ft)
@ 3,800 rpm
CHG
diesel engines
all Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI)
1.6 TDI 1598 cc, 16v DOHC
common rail
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
@ 4,400 rpm
250 N·m (184 lbf·ft)
@ 1,500−2,500 rpm
CAY
1.9 TDI 1896 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp)
@ 4,000 rpm
210 N·m (155 lbf·ft)
@ 1,800−2,500 rpm
BXF
1.9 TDI 1896 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
@ 4,000 rpm
250 N·m (184 lbf·ft)
@ 1,900 rpm
BJB/BKC/
BXE/BLS
2.0 TDI 1968 cc, 16v DOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
100 kW (136 PS; 134 bhp)
@ 4,000 rpm
320 N·m (236 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750–2,500 rpm
AZV
2.0 TDI 1968 cc, 16v DOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)
@ 4,000 rpm
320 N·m (236 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750−2,500 rpm
BKD
2.0 TDI DPF 1968 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection,
diesel particulate filter
103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)
@ 4,000 rpm
320 N·m (236 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750−2,500 rpm
BMM
2.0 TDI DPF FR 1968 cc, 16v DOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection,
diesel particulate filter
125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp)
@ 4,200 rpm
350 N·m (258 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750–2,500 rpm
BMN
2.0 TDI 1968 cc, 16v DOHC
common rail
125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp)
@ 4,200 rpm
350 N·m (258 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750-2,500 rpm
CEG

A flexible-fuel vehicle model is also on offer under the label "MultiFuel", featuring the 1.6 MPI E85 102 bhp engine.[11]

Seat Altea XL/Freetrack[edit]

Seat Altea XL
Seat Altea Freetrack
Seat Altea XL 2.0 TDI – Frontansicht, 1. Mai 2013, Münster.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer SEAT
Also called Seat Altea 4
Seat Altea XL Stationwagon (The Netherlands)
Production 2006−present (XL)
2007−present (Freetrack)
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door multi-purpose vehicle
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35)
Related Audi A3 Mk2
Audi Q5
SEAT León Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
Škoda Octavia Mk2
Volkswagen Golf Mk5
Volkswagen Golf Mk6
Volkswagen Golf Plus
Volkswagen Touran
Volkswagen Tiguan
Powertrain
Engine petrol engines:
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 TSI
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 TSI
2.0 L I4 TSI
diesel engines:
1.9 L I4 TDI
2.0 L I4 TDI DPF
2.0 L I4 TDI
2.0 L I4 TDI DPF
2.0 L I4 TDI CR DPF
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox
7-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,578 mm (101.5 in) — XL
2,576 mm (101.4 in) — Freetrack
Length 4,467 mm (175.9 in) — XL
4,493 mm (176.9 in) — Freetrack
Width 1,768 mm (69.6 in) — XL
1,788 mm (70.4 in) — Freetrack
Height 1,576 mm (62.0 in) — XL
1,622 mm (63.9 in) — Freetrack
Kerb weight 1,330 kg (2,932 lb) -
1,586 kg (3,497 lb)
SEAT Altea Freetrack
SEAT Altea XL at its debut in the 2006 Paris Motor Show
SEAT Altea Freetrack prototype

The SEAT Altea XL[12] is an 18.7 centimetres (7.4 in) longer variant of the normal SEAT Altea, a five-door five-seat compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), with increased luggage capacity compared to the standard Altea.

The SEAT Altea Freetrack[13] is dimensionally similar to the Altea XL, but is designed as compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV). It features raised suspension for increased ground clearance and larger plastic bumpers, and plastic wheel arch and sill extensions - which all increase its exterior dimensions.[14]

All versions of the Freetrack, except the 2.0 Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) 2WD, are equipped with a Haldex Traction based on-demand four-wheel drive (4WD). The 4WD versions are also called Seat Altea 4.

In Mexico and Russia the Seat Altea Freetrack is marketed simply as the Seat Freetrack.

Although the Freetrack is available with 4WD, it is not marketed by Seat as an "SUV". However the Freetrack could be seen as a competitor for small SUVs from other marques.

The possible internal combustion engine choices are almost the same as for the normal Altea.

When the car was launched is was available in a very uncommon intense yellow. This colour was also seen on models in several promotional brochures. The colour scheme is no longer available (last verification August 2010).

Awards[edit]

  • Altea 2006 award, by the Asociación de Telespectadores de la Comunidad de Andalucía[15]

Powertrain[edit]

The following powertrain options are available, with certain configurations utilising Volkswagen Groups highly regarded Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG):[16][17]

all available internal combustion engines are inline four cylinder designs
model displacement, valvetrain,
fuel system
max power
at rpm
max torque
at rpm
transmission(s) XL Freetrack
petrol engines
all fuel injected
1.4 1390 cc, 16v DOHC
multi-point fuel injection
63 kW (86 PS; 84 bhp)
@ 5,000
132 N·m (97 lbf·ft)
@ 1,500
5-sp manual Green check.svg X mark.svg
1.4 TSI 1390 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
92 kW (125 PS; 123 bhp)
@ 5,000
200 N·m (148 lbf·ft)
@ 1,500−4,000
6-sp manual Green check.svg X mark.svg
1.6 1595 cc, 8v SOHC
multi-point fuel injection
75 kW (102 PS; 101 bhp)
@ 5,600
148 N·m (109 lbf·ft)
@ 3,800
5-sp manual Green check.svg X mark.svg
1.8 TSI 1798 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
118 kW (160 PS; 158 bhp)
@ 5,000−6,200
250 N·m (184 lbf·ft)
@ 1,500−4,500
6-sp manual
7-sp DSG
Green check.svg X mark.svg
2.0 TSI 1984 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
155 kW (211 PS; 208 bhp)
@ 5,300−6,200
280 N·m (207 lbf·ft)
@ 1,700−5,200
6-sp DSG
6-sp DSG
X mark.svg Green check.svg
2WD & 4WD
diesel engines
all Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI)
1.9 TDI
(from Sept '09)
1896 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp)
@ 4,000
210 N·m (155 lbf·ft)
@ 1,800
5-sp manual Green check.svg X mark.svg
1.9 TDI 1896 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
@ 4,000
250 N·m (184 lbf·ft)
@ 1,900
5-sp manual Green check.svg X mark.svg
1.9 TDI DPF 1896 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection,
diesel particulate filter
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
@ 4,000
250 N·m (184 lbf·ft)
@ 1,900
5-sp manual
6-sp manual 4WD
6-sp DSG
Green check.svg X mark.svg
2.0 TDI 1968 cc, 16v DOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection
103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)
@ 4,000
320 N·m (236 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750−2,500
6-sp manual
6-sp DSG
Green check.svg X mark.svg
2.0 TDI DPF 1968 cc, 8v SOHC
"Pumpe Düse" (PD) unit injection,
diesel particulate filter
103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)
@ 4,000
320 N·m (236 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750−2,500
6-sp manual
6-sp DSG
Green check.svg Green check.svg
2WD & 4WD
2.0 TDI CR DPF 1968 cc, 16v DOHC
common rail, diesel particulate filter
125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp)
@ 4,200
350 N·m (258 lbf·ft)
@ 1,750−2,500
6-sp manual Green check.svg Green check.svg
4WD

A flexible-fuel vehicle model is also on offer under the label "MultiFuel", featuring the 1.6 MPI E85 102 bhp (76 kW; 103 PS) engine.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MĂĄs de 20.000 unidades del SEAT Altea circulan por Europa". Media.seat.com. 2004-09-24. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  2. ^ SEAT Altea Euro Ncap 5-star rating
  3. ^ The SEAT Altea is being awarded with thw 'Red dot' and the 'Autonis' design award
  4. ^ The SEAT Altea receives six awards in less than a year
  5. ^ The SEAT Altea Prototipo receives the 'Best concept car' in 2003 award
  6. ^ "Galardones para el nuevo León, Altea e Ibiza". Media.seat.com. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  7. ^ El SEAT Altea triunfa en los premios Telva del motor http://media.seat.com/en/seat-news/2005/181.html
  8. ^ "El Altea recibe el premio “Ampeâ€? en la categorĂ­a de Internet". Media.seat.com. 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  9. ^ SEAT Altea gets the new 1.2 TSI engine http://media.seat.com/en/seat-news/581-nuevas-motorizaciones-en-la-gama-leon-y-altea.html/
  10. ^ German prospect: SEAT ALTEA - Austattung & Technische Daten; status: 7/08)
  11. ^ SEAT Altea MultiFuel http://www.seat.se/se/generator/su/se/altea09/site/versions/multifuel/main.html
  12. ^ "SEAT Altea XL". SEAT.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  13. ^ "SEAT Altea Freetrack". SEAT.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  14. ^ "Sill Extensions". www.thebuilderssupply.com. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Award Atea 2006 for the Seat Altea XL http://media.seat.com/en/seat-news/2007/87-premio-atea-2006-al-seat-altea-xl.html
  16. ^ SEAT.com Altea XL engines (and powertrain)
  17. ^ SEAT.com Altea Freetrack engines (and powertrain)
  18. ^ SEAT Altea XL MultiFuel http://www.seat.se/se/generator/su/se/AlteaXL09/site/versions/multifuel/main.html

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