Ahead of its much-anticipated showroom debut in April, SEAT is revealing more about the ingenious, intelligent technology that will help its impressive new saloon to pole position in the upper medium sector.
Bristling with standard equipment right across the range, the forthcoming four-door offering from the exciting Spanish arm of the mighty Volkswagen Group promises not only extensive creature comforts for all, but the option of some innovative equipment options that are sure to help its drivers stand out from the crowd.
Typical of the SEAT Exeo's exciting array of inventive extras is the aforementioned solar sunroof. Using mini solar panels embedded in the sunroof glass the system generates electricity which is used to power the car's ventilation system, even when the ignition is off, drawing in cooler ambient air and significantly reducing the traditional 'greenhouse' effect associated with most vehicles on a hot summer's day.
There's no drain on the car battery, and sensors automatically trigger the system when they detect a marked difference between interior and exterior temperatures. Naturally it operates as a conventional sunroof, too, tilting and retracting electrically to let in the sunlight, or moonlight, as desired.
Another cooling feature available to SEAT Exeo owners is the optional heat reflective windscreen. Using patented Thermocontrol technology from windscreen manufacturer Saint-Gobain Sekurit, the screen includes within its layers a micro-fine film of silver which acts, essentially, like a mirror - reflecting away a proportion of the thermal radiation which would otherwise enter and heat the car.
The screen can cut interior temperatures by as much as 10°C, while it also helps to improve the efficiency of the car's climate control system - effectively reducing the energy required to cool the cabin to the desired temperature.Published 11 February 2009