Arguably, one of the most awaited launches of the month has to be the upcoming 7-seat Creta-based mid-size SUV, the Alcazar. Hyundai had invited the automobile journalists for a test drive earlier at an event but the exteriors of the Alcazar were kept camouflaged. Now, Hyundai has released an official video teaser where all the SUVs of the Korean carmaker are seen welcoming the arrival of the Alcazar to the Hyundai SUV tribe in Rann of Kachh. We can’t help but think that the launch has to be just around the corner. June is when the launch was supposed to happen after it was delayed in April due to the lockdown implemented across the country. Let us prepare ourselves for what the Hyundai might offer the customers with the new Alcazar.
Hyundai Alcazar – Exteriors Design
The exteriors of the Alcazar will carry the brand’s latest design theme forward. 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.
Hyundai Alcazar – Interiors, Features and Safety
As is the case with all Hyundais, the Alcazar is most likely to come feature-packed. 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, BOSE Premium Sound System, Rear Window Sunshade, Soothing Blue Ambient Lighting, 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.
Hyundai Alcazar – Powertrains, Prices and Rivals
Hyundai has also announced that the Alcazar will come powered with a new petrol engine and the same diesel engine as the Creta. 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. 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.