Seat has released the first details of its Altea Freetrack, its first off-road car, which will have its debut at the Barcelona Motor Show on June 7th.
As it is the first Seat designed to be driven off-road, the model incorporates a range of features such as Haldex-type four-wheel drive and a 4×4-inspired body shape.
The Altea Freetrack will be "dynamic" on the road as well as off, according to Seat, with powerful two-litre petrol and diesel engines driving the range, offering top speeds of 127mph with the TDI unit and 133mph with the FSI version.
An arrangement of hydro-mechanical connections and electronic control means that, in normal use, the vehicle’s power is transferred to the front wheels, but as traction deteriorates up to 50 per cent of drive can be distributed to the rear.
Seat has opted for a distinctive visual style with its new model, with side moulding linking the front and rear bumpers and 17-inch alloy wheels among the more striking features.
Practicality has also been considered with the Altea Freetrack, however, with a 593-litre boot, picnic tables, a split rear-seat and a multimedia system making it a flexible family vehicle as well as an off-road performer.
Seat’s new vehicle will be on sale in the UK from September with standard equipment including climate control, a trip computer, six airbags and a tyre pressure warning system.