For quite a while, rumours had it that Seat was planning to offer an estate version of their slow-selling Toledo four-door kind-of-a-sedan - and here's new evidence that the rumoured car is actually existing.

For quite a while, rumours had it that Seat was planning to offer an estate version of their slow-selling Toledo four-door kind-of-a-sedan - and here's new evidence that the rumoured car is actually existing and will make it into showrooms some time later this year or early next year at the latest.

But: what a surprise! Judging from the badge at the car's rear end, the newcomer will be named the Altea XL rather than Toledo Estate. Whatever its name, we've snapped the car undergoing final testing at VW's secret test-area in southern Spain!

Based on the Toledo notchback and Altea platform (which itself is borrowed from the Audi A3 and VW Golf), the Altea XL will make use of the same engines offered for the two older versions, namely the two four-cylinder petrol engines with 102 and 150 bhp plus two TDIs with either 1.9 or 2.0 litres capacity and an output of 105 and 140 bhp respectively.

Sleeker taillights and a small roof-spoiler will round the picture of this more elegant estate version of... the Seat Toledo or the Altea.

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