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  Seat Altea FR

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Country of origin:Spain
Introduced in:2006
Introduced at:2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:November 23, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSeat has enhanced further the sporting image of the Altea presenting the prototype of the future FR version at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This vehicle is the first FR in the new generation of products from the Spanish brand, with the series version reaching the market in early 2006. The FR models respond perfectly to demand from Seat customers who continue to state their preference for cars with an even sportier character. FR versions are distinguished from other models in the range through their design, engines and their specific finish features. They are easily identifiable thanks to distinctive bumpers, alloy wheels, silver door mirrors and chromed double exhaust pipes. The Altea FR also heralds the arrival of a new 170 hp 2.0 TDI engine with four valves per cylinder, the most powerful diesel powerplant so far in the history of Seat.

You only have to take a look at the prototype of the Altea FR to pick up on its sporty ethos. With its accentuated wedge shape, compact proportions and special detailing, it exudes a seductive, extrovert appearance, which is both elegant and sporty at the same time. The car is painted silver except for the roof, the bonnet cover strip, the cover strips on the A-post which conceal the windscreen wipers, and the headlight casings, which are all finished in shiny black. Seen in profile, the most striking details are the "FR" graphics running along each side of the vehicle. The letter "F" is in black and the "R" in red, running from the B- to C-pillar, with a height that runs from the base of the doors to just below the door handles. The graphics are an exclusive feature of the prototype.

The Seat design team has been working meticulously on the interior of the prototype, using high-quality materials and applying the latest technology. The result is an exciting, sporty interior which reflects the character of the exterior. The interior stands out due to the items in Ona silver and the leather-covered components. In silver are the roof lining, the handles, the sunglasses holder on the driver's side and the fittings on the glove compartment, as well as the entire dashboard - a sporty finish with great visual appeal. The four separate sports seats all have leather upholstery, with the FR logo embroidered on them. Also upholstered in leather are the five headrests, the steering wheel, the door panels, gear stick cover, handbrake cover and the instrument panel cover. All these items have grey stitching. The FR logo, as well as being embroidered on the seat backs, can also be found printed on the instrument panel, gear knob and in the form of a small badge on the steering wheel. Within the instrument panel, the FR logo is in the central dial, on the rev counter. On the right of this dial is the speedometer and on the left is the multi-function screen plus fuel level and water temperature indicators. The numbers on the dials are black on a white background.

Strong performance from the Altea FR is ensured thanks to the new 2.0 TDI four-cylinder diesel engine with four valves per cylinder, with 170 hp transmitted to the front wheels through a manual six-speed gearbox. Its performance delivery is worthy of many a gasoline sports model and yet of course, being a diesel, it is also impressively fuel efficient. This new engine, an enhanced version of the 140 hp 2.0 TDI engine, reaches 125 kW of power at 4,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,800 and 2.500 rpm. These mechanics meet the minimum levels required by the European EU4 emission standards and enable the Altea to reach a maximum speed of 208 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Fuel consumption in the extra-urban cycle is only 6.1 litres per 100 km.

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