The Seat Alhambra has the ideal MPV format. At 4. 85 metres, it is longer than its predecessor by 22 centimetres. Its width is up by nine centimetres to 1. 90 metres, making it a leader in this car segment. Height, on the other hand, has been slightly reduced - by one centimetre - to 1. 72 metres. The new proportions create a line that is powerfully sporty.
Seat Head of Layout Luc Donckerwolke and his team faced the challenge of taking the MPV concept, with its voluminous room and cladding it in an emotional, engaging layout. The team fulfilled its task brilliantly. From the very first glance, the new Seat Alhambra is clearly a true Seat, with sporty and comprehensive lines. Calm, refined surfaces shape its modern and youthful look. The tight and precisely parallel shut lines convey its technical precision and impressive production class while fine, almost imperceptible returns beneath the edges add emphasis to the look lines. The proportions harmonize perfectly - bringing enormous tension to the layout with a minimum of lines.
The characteristic motif at the front of the Seat Alhambra is the Arrow Layout - a theme typical of the expressive Seat layout language. The trapezoidal radiator grille is framed with subtle chrome trim and bears a big Seat logo. Its finely contoured black bars emphasize the vertical. Together with the distinctive, V-shaped contours of the bonnet and the low headlamps, the grille forms Seat's trademark arrow.
The comprehensive bumper layout is dominated by big, three-dimensional air inlets with clearly defined edges. In the traditional version, fog lamps are located in the outer air intakes. Together with the halogen headlamps, they come with an add-on static cornering light function - illuminating junctions at speeds of up to 40 km/h.
Ford of Europe represented new versions of its top-selling Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy at the 2010 Brussels Show. With fresh designs and the latest evolution of Ford's kinetic layout cues, they option new dashboard materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver focused technologies aimed at security and convenience.
The 2010 Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy models kick off a busy year for new offering introductions from Ford of Europe but, more significantly, herald the arrival of a series of new and high-tech technologies and features that, as they are presented throughout the year, will challenge established perceptions of what Ford vehicles feel like to sit in and drive.
We've given both models a fresh new exterior and more luxury appeal, but it is beneath the skin that the major changes have been made, explained John Fleming, Executive Vice President and Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe. S-MAX and Ford Galaxy are the first European Ford models to benefit from our global Ecoboost family of direct-injection, turbocharged, petrol engines delivering more performance and performance from a lower displacement powerplant, yet with cool fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. And that is just the start of the 2010 S-MAX and Ford Galaxy story.
These are the first vehicles to be available with Ford's all-new, high efficiency, 2. 0-litre Ecoboost petrol motor. Producing 203 PS (149 Kw) it joins a significantly enhanced 2. 0-litre Duratorq Tdci diesel, with 140 PS (103 Kw), plus a new 163 PS (120 Kw) variant. Additionally, the smooth and effortless Ford Powershift double wet-clutch transmission system is available for the first time on Ford's big vehicle range; it will be traditional equipment with the Ecoboost petrol motor and auxillary for both Duratorq diesels.