After the first month of sales, it is determined that 6 out of every 10 Hyundai Alcazar sold have a diesel engine. This is quite an impressive figure considering the fact that the popularity of diesel cars has been on a decline. However, it’s worth mentioning here that last month, soon after the Hyundai Creta went on sale, it came to light that more than 55% of the orders were for the diesel version. It’s also necessary to note here that the newly introduced 7-seater model shares its oil-burner with the compact SUV it’s based on. Another highlight here is that the Alcazar has received over 11,000 bookings within a month of launch. This indicates the popularity that the new model is likely to receive in our market. Let us deduce the possible reasons for people preferring diesel over petrol.
There are quite a few good reasons to choose the diesel engine over the petrol in this segment. The Alcazar is a 7-seat SUV in the mid-size SUV space which already has a significant demand for diesel units. The practicality that the diesel motor offers includes a longer driving range at a lower running cost. Also, the motor on offer here is punchy enough to overtake the traffic on the highways. Secondly, the 1.5-litre diesel unit comes from the Hyundai Creta and is a tried and tested motor that people are already used to it. The claimed ARAI mileage for the Alcazar diesel is an impressive 20.4kmpl. This is the best in the segment. For the petrol unit, this mileage drops down to 14.5 kmpl which is significantly lower. All these factors have led to a higher demand for diesel engine in comparison to petrol.
Key Features and Specs
Some key features of the Hyundai Alcazar include a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, Second-row wireless charging pad, Bose premium sound system, BlueLink connected-car tech, 64-colour ambient lighting, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with latest connectivity options, auto air purifier, drive mode select, front-row seat-back table and a voice-enabled panoramic sunroof.
The Hyundai Alcazar comes with two powertrain options. The petrol engine will be a BS6 compliant 2.0-litre unit making 159 PS and 191 Nm. The diesel engine will be the 1.5-litre BS 6 compliant unit making 115 PS and 250 Nm. Both these engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter unit. The prices of the Alcazar range between Rs 16.30 lakh and Rs 20.14 lakh, ex-showroom. In comparison, the Hyundai Creta costs Rs 9.99-17.70 lakh, ex-showroom. It gets 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine options instead of the Tucson-sourced 2.0-litre unit on the bigger sibling.
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