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2007-03-07 08:56
The Altea Freetrack Prototype previews what Seat's first stab at the lucrative SUV market could resemble. It is being shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Altea-inspired Freetrack is 185 mm higher than the existing MPV and this, combined with a full four-wheel drive system and ground clearance of 310 mm, makes this vehicle a genuine off-roader, according to Seat.

The robust SUV is fitted with a new totally smooth bumper with hexagonal air intakes and two LED fog lamps integrated into the lower section. Bi-xenon headlamps display the number ?4? to ?highlight the car's off-road character?.

Apart from the spare wheel housing, the rear also shows off triangular twin tailpipes. Viewed side on, the sporty 19-inch wheels should command a fair deal of attention.

Inside the cabin, the off-roader offers a four-seat arrangement with racy two-tone white and brown leather bucket seats and a panoramic tinted roof to let as much natural light in as possible.

The facia is a mix of brown and white leather, which extends to the instrument panel and also features aluminium trim. Two screens situated in the centre console communicate information to the driver.

Freetrack is powered by a 179 kW version of the VW Group's 2.0 TFSI mated with a six-speed manual gearbox that powers the four wheels via a Haldex-type arrangement.

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