The Hyundai Alcazar is a Seven-Seater Creta | Details and Specifications

Hyundai Motor India Ltd is preparing to launch the all-new Hyundai Alcazar in India. This decision has been made during a time when the SUV’s global debut is facing delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis–and it comes at a time when some states in India are locked down. Initially, the company had planned to launch the Alcazar during May, but it later postponed the event to July. For now, we have gathered all the necessary information you need to know about the SUV.

The Alcazar will be sharing its underpinnings with the company’s popular Hyundai Creta. The all-new SUV is being regarded in the industry as the three-row version of the Creta. Hyundai claims the Alcazar is a vehicle that will redefine the driving experience owing to its versatility and futuristic characteristics. Additionally, the SUV will be presented as 6- seater and 7-seater versions. The 6-seater version will have a captain’s seat in the second row, and the 7-seater version will have a bench seating format for its second-row seats.

Hyundai has revealed quite a bit of the SUV’s characteristics; however, there are still a few features yet to be announced. One of the unknowns about the Alcazar has to do with its dimensions, but we do know that the SUV’s wheelbase (2760 mm) will be 150 mm longer than the Hyundai Creta’s–to accommodate the third row of seats.

The details of the Alcazar’s exterior are mostly under wraps, but thanks to the camouflaged images of the SUV released by the company, we can at least guess how it is going to look. The 7-seater SUV’s sketch image reveals enough for us to know that it will stand out compared to the Creta. The front fascia of the Alcazar seems to be sturdier compared to the Creta’s, and it also gets a redesigned skid plate, fog lamps, and front grille. But the tri-beam LED headlamps are the same as the Creta’s, and the overall profile also shares similarities, except for the Alcazar’s longer profile, due to the third-row seats. Hyundai says that the Alcazar will be riding on 18-inch alloy wheels, which will be one of the factors that differentiates it from its 5-seater siblings. There are other changes too: the Alcazar’s tail lamps have been completely redesigned into a hexagonal shape comprising multiple LED modules, and the SUV’s rear end features a chrome lining with the ‘Alcazar’ badging running across the width and between the tail lamps.

The Alcazar might also come with a different set of upholstery from the Creta’s. The Alcazar could feature, among others, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with BlueLink connectivity, a Bose sound system, a wireless smartphone charger, an 8-way powered driver seat, front ventilated seats, a low-line tyre-pressure monitoring system, blue ambient lighting, an Auto Healthy air purifier, multiple driving and traction modes, and a panoramic sunroof. The third-row seats could feature dedicated AC vents, along with speed control. And even though the Alcazar has third-row seats and is a 7-seater SUV, it has managed to squeeze in 180 litres of boot space.

The pivotal new detail about the Hyundai Alcazar is its powertrain. Despite being based on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta’s, both SUVs feature different powertrain options. The Creta is offered with a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Meanwhile, the Alcazar will be offered as both petrol- and diesel-engine variants, but the engines are slightly different from the Creta’s. The Alcazar’s petrol engine is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit that generates 159 hp of power and 192 Nm of torque. This unit is an updated and more powerful version of the ones used in the Elantra and Tucson. The diesel engine is the same 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit from the Creta, but is tuned differently. The Alcazar’s diesel engine generates 115 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be handled by either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox–the same gearboxes used in the Creta, but improved to deliver better performance. Hyundai claims that the petrol-powered Alcazar can go from zero to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds. The company further claims that both the engines of the SUV will deliver a best-in-segment fuel economy.

The Hyundai Alcazar is expected to get launched in Nepal during the initial fourth quarter of 2021. The price for the SUV is expected to start from NPR 80 lakhs. In the Nepali market, the Hyundai Alcazar will rival the likes of the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, and Mahindra XUV500.

Specifications (Petrol)

Displacement (cc): 1999
Max Power: 156.82bhp
No. of cylinders: 4
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Transmission Type: Manual
Gear Box: 6 Speed
Emission Norms Compliance: BS-VI
Front Suspension: MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension: RR CTBA
Boot Space (litres): 180 ltr
Seating Capacity: 7\6
Wheel Base (mm): 2760
No. of Doors: 5
Foldable Rear Seat: 40:20:40 Split
Drive Modes: 3
Lighting: Ambient Light, Footwell Lamp, Reading Lamp, Boot Lamp, Glove Box Lamp
Tyre Type: Radial, Tubeless

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