After Hyundai’s stint with its Santa Fe in India which didn’t pan out the sales as expected, they’re coming back to the 7 seater segment with its all-new Alcazar. The car was spotted in its camouflage testing on Indian roads and now Hyundai has revealed the partial design and claims that it is inspired by the royal lineage of Castles and palaces. Hyundai is making the global launch of the Alcazar this week but the India launch could take some time.
What to expect from the Hyundai Alcazar?
Alcazar is purely based on the 2nd gen Hyundai Creta which is already on sale. It shares a few design elements from the Creta like the front fender, bonnet and doors. But it gets a new skid plate, a unique front grille with mild tweaks to its front bumper and headlights. The alloy wheels look similar to the Creta which are sold overseas. Design changes are significant at the extended rear end with a new taillamp.
The car is expected to be launched in a 6 or 7 seater option, some sketches show that the dashboard design and few features come from the Creta. The recent spy shots reveal the dual-tone captain’s seat, with a unique floor-mounted armrest and cupholders. It is also expected to get additional features apart from Creta such as a powered tailgate, front parking sensors, wireless charging pad for the second row and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
Hyundai Alcazar | Powertrain
The Alcazar is expected to get Creta’s 1.4L turbo petrol engine with 140Bhp and 242Nm of torque or a 1.5L diesel engine with 115Bhp and 250Nm. However, the naturally aspirated 1.5L petrol engine on the Creta is unlikely to be seen in the Alcazar. The diesel engine is expected to come with both 6-speed manual stick and automatic transmission. Turbo petrol engine might only get the 7-speed DCT.
Price and Rivals
The Alcazar is going against the new Tata Safari, present Mahindra XUV500 or the upcoming XUV, MG Hector Plus. The three-row SUV is expected to be priced at ₹1.0L over the corresponding variants of the existing Creta which is between ₹10.3L to ₹17.5L ex-showroom.