(Reuters) -- Seat has revealed the new Alhambra - the Spanish manufacturer's seven-seat minivan based on the Volkswagen Sharan.
The latest Alhambra is significantly bigger than its predecessor, but thanks to VW's new flexible MQB platform it also weighs less.
Seat is promising flexible seating configurations and the convenience of rear sliding doors, as well as nimble handling for city driving.
The extra 22 centimeters the Alhambra has gained in length should mean that the third row of seats is suitable for adults as well as children. Storage space is also more generous, partly because the car's new 'easy-fold' system allows for the seats to be sunk into the floor instead of removing them from the cabin.
Four engines will be available from launch; two gasoline and two diesels. The entry-level 1.4 TSI produces 148bhp compared to the bigger 2.0-liter lump at 197bhp.
The diesel engines are both 2.0-liter TDI's; one developing 138bhp, the other 167bhp. Seat claims that with CO2 emissions of 143g/km and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) catalytic converters fitted as standard - as well as stop/start - the Alhambra is one of the cleanest minivans in the world.
The car's standard equipment will feature seven airbags, ABS and ESP, including electronic braking assistant, trailer stabilization and tire pressure monitoring display.
The options list will include bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive control, as well as the park/steer assistant which is capable of autonomously maneuvering the Alhambra into tight parking spaces. A panoramic sliding roof and electronic rear doors will also be available.
The Alhambra is set to launch in Europe later in the summer.