Seat unveils the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 13, 2011

SEAT has released the first images and details of its electric car prototype – the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive. This electric car was designed, developed and built in Spain. The car is powered by an electric drivetrain that delivers 115 hp (85kW) and 270 Nm of torque. It has an estimated range of 135 km that is more than enough for daily driving. It has a top speed of 135 km/h, which could prove to be useful even outside the city limits.

SEAT will be producing and will be delivering a fleet of test vehicles to the Spanish governmental institutions in Catalonia and Madrid to be used in their vehicle fleets.

This information will be used to find out what they need to accomplish before the Altea EV has to go into production. SEAT’s President James Muir said that customers are looking for a more sustainable type of mobility but their requirements are diverse. He said that SEAT is in the best position to meet their needs due to a parallel strategy of developing two different technologies.

He added that SEAT’s electric future is guaranteed. The electric Altea XL indicates “just how mature [its] technology is.” Dr. Matthias Rabe, executive Vice-president for R&D, said that the electric Altea XL is an “intentionally studied choice for the first fleet” and will give the company the chance to test out a broad range of functions.

The introduction of the all-new SEAT Altea and SEAT Altea XL range consists of 35 distinct versions:

1. Two body types

2. Nine engine variants including four diesel and five petrol

3. Four transmission systems; namely, 5- and 6-speed manual, and 6- and 7-speed DSG

4. Three trim levels – Reference, Style and Sport

Additionally, there is a new entry-level model and an Altea Freetrack version. The latter offers two and four-wheel drive versions as well as a Sport trim.

An expansive equipment set is standard throughout the SEAT Altea range. For the entry-level models, the Altea is powered by either an 85hp 1.4L or 90hp 1.9L TDI engine. The latter engine type also powers the Altea XL. Safety features include ABS and TCS, ESP with EBA, driver and passenger airbag, side airbags, head airbag, rear Isofix anchoring points and front power one-touch anti-trap windows.

Also featured are remote controlled central locking, tinted glass, 15 inch steel rims, 195/65 tyres, double headlights, anti-theft roof aerial. For storage, the models all have sliding rear seats, storage provisions on the sides of the front and rear seats, central console storage compartment, storage hooks on the boot sides and rear parcel shelf with storage compartments.

SEAT Altea range, like the SEAT León, includes a Reference trim level wherein a trip computer, CD radio + MP3 + 6 speakers + Aux in, low tyre pressure warning, air conditioning and body colour door mirrors and handles are added to the features seen on the entry-level versions. Additionally, front active headrests and rear door folding shades are featured on the Altea XL variants.

Style trim further adds more features to the Reference trim, including cornering fog lights, electric heated folding wing mirrors, three-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, height adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar control, leather gear knob, cruise control, Coming Home, rear power windows, chrome inside door handles, climate control, combined USB + Aux in connection, 16" 'Enea' alloy rims, 205/55 tyres and visible twin tailpipe on versions powered by engines of at least 140hp.

Sport trim is the top trim for the SEAT Altea range. Dark glass, sport seats with specific upholstery, 17" 'Aroa' alloy rims, 225/45 tyres and sports suspension are added to all the features available in the Style trim.

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