Since the launch of Hyundai Creta, demand for this SUV in India is at its peak. The market for the car is more than the units produced, which also lead to the black marketing of the vehicle.
So, Hyundai decided to launch a new SUV, which will tend to bring back the market to an equilibrium level. This lead to the production of the Hyundai Alcazar.
Hyundai is back in form in the 7-seater market in India after too long. Hyundai Terracan and the Santa Fe were the last seven-seater SUVs launched in India.
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Hyundai Alcazar is basically a 7 seater Creta, an extended version of the five-seater Creta. The company added the third row of seats inside the Hyundai Alcazar, making the car 150 mm longer than the Creta.
It is not only a seven-seater car but also available in six seats: a 6-seater with captain’s chairs in the middle row and a 7-seater with a standard bench seat in the middle.
Hyundai ALCAZAR is a creation of an innovative design that took over 3 lakh executive man-hours to build.
The car was put through its paces on 15 different test tracks for various road driving conditions, and it was built with 89 percent green energy.
Hyundai India has allowed us to test drive its upcoming 7-seater SUV Alcazar. Even though the car was completely camouflaged, we were able to get a glimpse of its engine.
Due to the company’s terms and conditions, we won’t disclose the complete details of the Hyundai Alcazar till its launch.
Specifications of Hyundai Alcazar
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Customers are given a choice between 2.0 Liter Petrol and 1.5-liter Turbo Diesel Engines and between manual and automatic transmission.
|1.5-liter Turbo Diesel||113 bhp||250 Nm|
|2.0 Liter Petrol||157 bhp||191 Nm|
The diesel engine derived from the Hyundai Creta generates 113 bhp power and 250 Nm of Torque. And petrol engine acquired from Hyundai Elantra yields 157 horsepower and 191 NM of torque.
When powered by the 2.0 Litre petrol engine, Hyundai Alcazar accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds.
The Alcazar will be the Front Wheel Drive; the company is not planning for All wheel drive.
The car accompanies the same headlamps that of Creta.
The major difference between the Hyundai Alcazar and Creta is the completely new rear design and the front grille. It is designed differently than that of Creta. It is fully decked out in chrome.
Another difference is the striking alloy wheels. The Alcazar will feature larger 18-inch wheels than in the Creta, which has 17-inch wheels. Due to the increase in the vehicle’s height, it is provided with a stepping-board on either side to help you climb inside the car.
The top model of Hyundai Alcazar would accompany the same features that of the Creta: ventilated seats, panoramic sunroof, 10.25-inch infotainment system Apple CarPlay and Android, a Bose sound system, six airbags, electronic stability control, etc.
The interior of the Hyundai Alcazar will be available in black and brown color.
Although information regarding variants is not revealed yet. Since it’s based on the five-seat Creta, it might have the same model lineup as the Creta: E, EX, S, SX, and SX (O).
The suspension configuration has also been tweaked. The front strut features a hydraulic rebound stopper, and the upright rear shock absorber is utilized to help with body stability.
The wheelbase of the SUV is 2760mm, 150 mm more than the Creta.
The car’s air conditioning system is powered by two compressors, and air vents are placed for all three rows to maintain the same temperature in the whole vehicle. So that the kids won’t get heated up in the last row in summers.
It has an ample boot space of 180 liters, more than double that of Tata Safari. You can pack up your bags, store them easily in the boot, and go on a trip to Goa.
Even the 2nd and 3rd-row seats can be folded to get you more storage space.
Production of Hyundai Alcazar
Though Hyundai claimed to launch the Alcazar on April 29, 2021, a massive rise in the COVID-19 cases made it impossible to launch the car.
Hence we expect it to be launched in the next couple of months (June-July). There is no official price list released by the company. But it might cost you 80K-150K higher than that of the Hyundai Creta.
The starting on-road price of the Hyundai Alcazar may range between 13.5-14 lakhs. And the top model may cost you around 22 lakhs.
Generally speaking, the Alcazar appears to be a strong rival to the latest hot sellers in 7 seat SUVs: the MG Hector Plus, Toyota Innova Crysta, and Tata Safari.
Depending on how Hyundai prices the Alcazar, it could be the start of another big success for Hyundai India.