The Alcazar is one of the most important models of Hyundai this year. Orginally expected to be launched in April 2021, the Hyundai Alcazar launch has been delayed because of the second wave of Covid-19. Once launched, the Alcazar comes off as a fierce rivals to the Mahindra XUV500, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus.
Hyundai Alcazar is the most-awaited upcoming 7-seater car from the house of Hyundai in the Indian space. The Hyundai Alcazar is essentially the seven-seater sibling of the hugely-popular Hyundai Creta which is currently leading the compact SUV segment of the country. The third-row version of the Creta SUV is based on the Creta’s platform but with some modification to accommodate the larger wheelbase and extra seats.
The Hyundai Creta 7 seater is the Korean company’s foray into the midsize three-row SUV segment which currently houses the players like MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV500 and the recently-introduced Tata Safari.
The Hyundai Alcazar will get the longest wheelbase among its competitors in the category. In order to free up more space inside the cabin and accomdate the third row, Hyundai has extended the rear overhang and streched the wheelbase by 150 mm. Therefore, the new Alcazar will have a wheelbae of 2,760 mm that is 10 mm longer than the MG Hector Plus and 19 mm more than that of Tata Safari.
The Hyundai Alcazar will some unique design cues over the five-seater sibling. While the basic nose design resembles that of the Hyundai Creta, the Alcazar 7-seater comes with a chrome-studded grille and refreshed fog lamp enclosure. The stretched length is more apparent at the side profiles of the Alcazar. At the back, there’s a set of conventional-looking taillamps and a more upright tailgate. A set of 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels is also a visual highlight on the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar
The Hyundai Alcazar is coming with two seating configurations upon its launch – a 6-seater version with second-row captain seats and a 7-seater with regular bench seat in the middle row. If you are fancying the Hyundai Creta but desiring for more comfort, the Hyundai Alcazar shows up as a perfect choice.
The Alcazar borrows the same 1.5-litre diesel engine found on majority of Hyundai and Kia cars in India. However, the petrol engine is new. It will come with a larger 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine which is actually an upgraded version of the Elantra’s unit. While the former can develop 115 HP of power and 250 Nm of torque, the petrol mill can churn out 159 HP of power and 192 Nm of peak torque.
Previously, the Hyundai Alcazar launch is expected for April – May 2021. However, due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Hyundai Alcazar launch has been postponed. It is expected to arrive by the end of June this year.
In terms of price, the Hyundai Alcazar might be positioned at around Rs 13 lakh mark (estimated, ex-showroom).
The Hyundai Alcazar 7-seater works well if you are finding a good family mover in India. The second-largest automaker has good brand value and excellent aftersales network. The Alcazar’s middle-row is extremely comfortable which might be one of Alcazar’s selling points. Also, it is expected that the Alcazar price will be a notch lower than the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus, making the Alcazar sit in the sweet spot in the competition.