‘Auto Emoción’ is moving from race track to ‘freetrack’ during October 2007, as a rugged new all-road car from SEAT goes on sale – the Altea freetrack 4. And to whet appetites in advance, SEAT UK has just announced prices for their new four wheel drive Altea.
Two models will be available, with a brace of powerful engines – the 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS and the 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS, priced at £20,495 and £21,395 respectively. Sitting at the very top of the Altea family, the Altea freetrack 4 is the most lavishly equipped of the lot, with a plethora of equipment fitted as standard.SEAT Altea Freetrack 4 pricing:
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The sophisticated multimedia system is a highlight, comprising a roof-mounted 7” screen with RCA connection that allows a link to a DVD player, video games, a laptop computer and even an MP3 player. This way the sound is transmitted through the car’s stereo system.
Further standard-fit elements on the Altea freetrack 4 include dual zone climate control, rain sensor wipers, parking sensors, cruise control, trip computer, light sensor headlights, and a CD MP3 stereo with steering-wheel mounted controls. Rear door window blinds are also fitted as standard, which are stored neatly within the door when not required. Safety equipment includes ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), six airbags and a tyre pressure warning system.
The Altea freetrack 4 is the first SEAT designed to be driven off-road. To this end, it features Haldex-type four-wheel drive transmission, an extra 40 mm of ground clearance and 4x4-inspired styling touches over and above the Altea XL, on which the new model is based.
Performance is in line with SEAT’s sporty image: for example, the 2.0 TSI has a maximum speed of 133 mph, with 0 to 62 mph taking 7.5 seconds, while the 2.0 TDI boasts figures of 127 mph and 8.7 seconds respectively. Despite their turn of speed, the two models’ frugality is impressive – not just for all-road vehicles, but in absolute terms – with respective figures of 30.1 mpg and 41.5 mpg.
Visually, the Altea freetrack 4 is very striking. The most distinctive features are the imposing protective front and rear bumpers, which are linked to each other by a similar moulding that runs below the waistline. New and exclusive 17” alloy wheels and larger diameter tyres complete the look.
The newcomer’s Haldex-type transmission features a hydro-mechanical connection and electronic control. This flexible arrangement means that in normal use, power is fully transferred to the front wheels (which helps improve fuel economy), but as traction deteriorates, up to 50% can be automatically distributed to the rear as required.
The Altea freetrack 4 is also more than up to dealing with the tough task of being the main family car. With a huge 490 litre boot, picnic tables, roof rails and a split rear-seat that can move back and forth by as much as 16 cm, this SEAT is great for not just Mum and Dad, but the whole tribe.
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