It appears that we will soon see an entry-level disel-powered trim added to the recently revealed 2008 Seat Altea Freetrack model range. Built on VW’s new A5 (PQ35) platform, the car shares a number of its elements with current VW Touran and 2007 Skoda Octavia Scout, which makes me assume that an optional 4WD system that makes this light and roomy family hatch a potent off-roader, is in fact the well-known Haldex Traction job with computer-controlled clutch centre coupling. Now, that’s nice.
Equipped with a decent 2.0 140hp TDI diesel engine, the new entry-level Altea Freetrak will feature a fuel economy of only 6.5 liters per 100 km (about 36.2 mpg), zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 10.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 193 km/h (120 mph).
The cheapest Seat Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI will be delivered in either 4WD or front-wheel-drive trims.
The four-wheel-drive model, as I’ve already noted, will feature a Haldex-type clutch so that in normal driving conditions the gearbox will transfer all of the available torque to the front drives. When the situation demands, the torque may be equally shared between the front and rear axles in up to 50/50 proportion.
This solution significantly reduces car’s fuel consumption, although sometimes it may well lead to an accident if the rear axle gets too much power an inexperienced driver is not ready cope with.
The 2008 Seat Altea Freetrack 2.0 TDI will go on sale this summer.
No info on pricing and international availability yet.