Arguably, one of the most widely anticipated SUV launches in June 2021 is the 7-seater Creta-based, Hyundai Alcazar. The launch is due to occur anytime now and the official bookings for the same have commenced with Rs 25,000. Based on the highest-selling SUV in the country at the moment, Creta, the Alcazar already features all the strong points of the Creta in terms of exterior design and feature-rich cabin. There is also a more powerful petrol engine on offer which is a delight to drive. We have driver the Alcazar earlier and here is our review of it. Before the launch, however, let us take you through the equipment and features that the Alcazar will offer and we shall talk about the new engine and expected prices as well.
7-Seat Hyundai Alcazar – Exterior Design
The official images show the modern and bold front fascia in detail. The LED Headlamps and DRLs are somewhat similar to the Creta but the bold and broad front grille has a completely different and attractive pattern with a chrome finish. The bumper lower down is also different than that of Creta and the front can be told apart from the Creta. But the difference around the sides is rather significant. The entire creases of the sides are new and the alloy wheels are of completely different design as well. There is an appearance of a ring structure on the B-Pillar and D-Pillar which looks really sporty and modern and gives an entirely new dimension to the SUV. Hyundai claims that this will improve the rigidity for better handling. Not a lot has been revealed at the rear-end but a roof spoiler and shark fin antenna are clearly visible. Also, the tail lamps are stretched out to the sides which gives a rough idea of how the tail lamps might look like.
7-Seat Hyundai Alcazar – Interior and Features
Needless to say, the Hyundai Alcazar will be filled with features to the brim. The features list might include a 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with all the modern connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Advanced Blue Link Connected Car Tech, a 7-inch Digital infotainment System for Driver’s information, Wireless Phone Charging, Driver Centric Console with Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Steering Mounted Audio Controls with Voice Recognition, Panoramic Sunroof, 8-speaker BOSE Premium Sound System, Air Purifier, Rear Window Sunshade, 64 Colours Ambient Lighting, 8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat, Puddle Lamps, Leather-wrapped D-Cut Steering Wheel and much more. On the safety front, the Alcazar will come with features like 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Hill Assist Control, All-four Disc Brakes, Burglar Alarm, Emergency Stop Signal and much more.
7-Seat Hyundai Alcazar – Powertrains, Rivals and Expected Prices
There are two powertrain options on offer. 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. Hyundai claims that the petrol engine will have a sub 10 secs 0-100 kmph time, which is quite impressive. Also, Hyundai claims the segment-best fuel efficiency from the diesel powertrain. There will be different driving modes on offer for the steering mapping, including Eco, City and Sport. Also, there will various Traction Control Modes as well (Snow, Sand, Mud). The expected prices of the Alcazar could be around Rs 14 lakh to Rs 21 lakh, ex-showroom. The rivals of the Hyundai Alcazar include the recently launched Tata Safari, the very popular MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV700, which is slated for launch later in 2021.