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Mk1 ( Typ 7M, 1996-2010) Edit

1st Generation Alhambra (1996-2000)

Rear of 1st Generation Alhambra with Giraffes

The first generation of the SEAT Alhambra was presented as a prototype at the 1995 Geneva Salon International de l’Auto. to be followed next year by the official premier of the model launched at the same motor show still in Geneva. [1] It has been on sale from 1996 up to 2010 and stayed largely unchanged until a major restyling in 2000, when it received a restyling to reflect the new image of the marque, but remaining faithful to the original form jointly designed by SEAT, Volkswagen and Ford, under a technology sharing agreement between the Volkswagen Group and Ford. after the two companies found they were losing market share from the first generation of MPVs such as the Toyota Previa and Mitsubishi Space Wagon. It seats up to seven people — the 5 rear seats being all movable or even removable leaving a flat-load floor — something that no other vehicle of the SEAT range could offer at that time.

The boot capacity thus varies depending on the seating, from 256L with the full format of 7 seats, to 852L with 5 seats or even 2610L with only 2 seats. It shares most of its components and design with the VW Sharan Mk1 and Ford Galaxy Mk1. however the Alhambra tends to have more options fitted for the same cost as its two other counterparts.

All three models were built on the same production line at the joint venture AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal, and were practically the same model but with different engine options and interiors, leading to the three vehicles being referred to collectively as the Sharalaxy or even Shalambraxy. Ford have now concluded their collaboration, and production of the Galaxy Mk III and the S-Max (a seven-seater based on the same platform as the Mondeo Mk IV ) are built in Genk, Belgium, alongside the Mondeo. The AutoEuropa plant has been outfitted for the production of the VW Scirocco III .

Mk2 ( Typ 7N, 2010-) Edit

The second generation of the SEAT Alhambra was announced on 19 April 2010. The replacement Alhambra went on sale in October 2010. [4] At 4.85 metres, the new car is 22#160;cm longer and 9#160;cm wider than the outgoing model. Like the new Sharan, access to the middle row of seats is via sliding doors. [5]

Safety Edit

In 2010, the SEAT Alhambra Mk2 was evaluated for its safety performance under the Euro NCAP assessment scheme and it achieved a 5-star overall rating [7] #160;:

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