SEAT’s most powerful diesel engine
At the heart of the SEAT Altea FR is its engine. Based on the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesel, it produces 170 PS and is partnered by a six-speed manual gearbox whose ratios have been optimised for this model. This extra power has been achieved principally by modifying the turbocharger's geometry and increasing maximum fuelling rates to the injection system.
The key modification has been the inclusion of high-pressure direct diesel injection technology in the form of the Piezo Pump injection system. The piezo-electric injectors optimise injection timing and quantity, resulting in far superior acoustics and cleaner emissions through greater injection precision.
Performance figures are yet to be released, but with such a potent powerplant nestling under its bonnet, the new model promises to deliver the swift pace expected from any SEAT bearing the FR badge.
Good news for the environment too - the new engine complies with Euro 4 emissions standards, and goes one step further by adding a DPF diesel particulate filter system.
Even sportier chassis
The Altea’s already dynamic chassis - featuring sophisticated multi-link rear suspension - has undergone careful redevelopment in order to harness the extra power of the 170 PS engine. The springs have been made firmer, while thicker anti-roll bars have been fitted. As a result, the FR sits 7 mm lower than even Alteas fitted with sports suspension. The brakes have also been uprated, with larger ventilated front discs and bigger rear discs.
UK sales of the SEAT Altea FR, which has been developed entirely at SEAT’s Technical Centre in Martorell, are due to start in March 2006. It will offer a compelling alternative to vehicles such as the Ford Focus C-MAX and Renault Scénic, delivering great looks and overtly sporty dynamics. Prices and full specification of this exciting new model will be announced closer to launch.Published 26 November 2005