After numerous spy shots and a slew of teasers, Hyundai have globally debuted the Alcazar 7-seater SUV in India. The Hyundai Alcazar is essentially a 7-seater version of the Creta and it is the brand's first three-row SUV in a really long time. While it is based on the same platform as the Creta, the Alcazar gets its own unique identity with revised styling, unique interior and seating arrangement and it even gets a new powertrain option. Let's look at it in a little more detail.
Hyundai Alcazar - Platform and Exterior Design
As already mentioned, the Alcazar is based on the same platform as the Creta. However, Hyundai have reworked the platform to give it a longer wheelbase of 2,760 mm, which is 150mm more than the Creta. This has obviously been done to open up more space for the third row of seats. The Alcazar also comes with a longer rear overhang to further allow for more space.
The production-spec Alcazar actually has a lot in common with the Creta. Some of the body panels like the front fenders, bonnet and even all four doors are identical to that of the Creta. The most significant changes only come after the C-Pillar. Up front, the Alcazar gets a unique grille design with a diamond-studded pattern. The front bumper design too has been slightly updated. Just like the Creta, the Alcazar features plenty of chrome up front.
In profile, up until the C-Pillar, the Alcazar is pretty similar to the Creta. Beyond that, however, things change completely. The Alcazar gets a distinct rear quarter glass area and Hyundai has even managed well to retain the 'lightning arc' element of the Creta. It also seems a little more proportionate, thanks to the longer rear overhang. The sloping roofline is now gone and the tail gate is much more upright than before. It gets brand new wrap-around tail lamps and a re-profiled rear bumper with faux dual exhaust tips and a faux brushed aluminum skid plate. The SUV also rides on new stylish dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.
Hyundai Alcazar - Interior Design
Hyundai haven't officially revealed the interior or the feature list of the Alcazar yet. However, from design sketches seen before, we know it will be pretty similar to that of the Creta with a two-tone color scheme. Most of the equipment from the Creta is also expected to be carried over including the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Hyundai’s connected car tech, a panoramic sunroof, digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, automatic climate control and much more.
Hyundai have, however, revealed details about its seating configuration and that is really its main talking point. The most obvious change is the addition of a third row of seats. The Alcazar will be offered in both 6- and 7-seater configurations.
In the 6-seater variant, the Alcazar comes with captain chairs for the middle row with an unique fixed floor-mounted arm rest with cupholders and extra storage space in the middle. In the 7-seater variant, it gets a bench seat in the middle row. The seats also have a sliding function to adjust space in the third row. Access to the third row is also fairly easy, thanks to the one-touch tumble down function for the second-row seats. As for the third row seats, they get their own reclining function, individual AC vents and can also be folded flat for an increased boot space.
Hyundai Alcazar - Engine Options
Under the hood, the Hyundai Alcazar gets the options of two engines - a 2.0L petrol and the 1.5L diesel engine. Contrary to what was previously thought, the Alcazar does not the share the exact engine options with the Creta. The petrol engines from the Creta have been swapped for a bigger 2.0L engine that does duty on the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson.
The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has been tuned to produce 159PS and 192Nm of peak torque. Hyundai says the Alcazar petrol can sprint from 0-100 kph in less than 10 seconds. The diesel engine has been carried over from the Creta and produces the same 115PS and 250Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Hyundai Alcazar - Launch, Rivals and Expected Price
Hyundai is expected to officially launch the Alcazar in our market in the coming weeks and the prices are expected to range between INR 12-20 lakh (ex-showroom). Upon arrival, it will take on the likes of the Tata Safari, the MG Hector Plus and also the upcoming Mahindra XUV700.