Hyundai Alcazar launched at Rs 16.3 lakh
After months of teasers and small bits of information being released, Hyundai India has finally announced prices for the Alcazar — the bigger, seven-seater version of the Creta. The Alcazar range starts from Rs 16.3 lakh and goes upto Rs 19.9 lakh, putting it between the Creta and the Tucson in Hyundai’s SUV family. And it will be available with both petrol and diesel engines in three different variants — Prestige, Platinum, and Signature for both engine options. The six- or seven-seater Alcazar will compete against other six- and seven-seater SUVs like the MG Hector Plus and the Tata Safari. Hyundai has already recieved 4000 bookings for the Alcazar.
Exterior of the Hyundai Alcazar
The Alcazar shares its underpinnings with the Creta. However, the platform has been played around with to make space for the extra row of seats which also adds approximately 200kg to its weight. It has a wheelbase of 2760mm, which is 150mm longer than the Creta’s and measures 4500mm long, 200mm longer than the Creta in terms of overall length. The Alcazar measures 1790mm in terms of width, and stands 1675mm tall. Now let’s talk about the design of the Alcazar. The front-end features Hyundai's signature grille shape with a new chrome-studded pattern and only subtle changes to the LED headlights over the Creta. It certainly looks similar to its five-seat sibling from the front, while the side profile is visually longer and the rear-end gets more stretched out taillights with a different design. Top-spec variants will sport 18-inch alloy wheels with disc brakes on all four corners.
The interior of the Alcazar will have either a six- or seven-seat configuration, depending on the variant. The former will get captain seats for the second row and a large armest in the middle too. The centre armrest will also get a wireless charger, cupholders, and storage. And the seven-seater variant will have a bench setup for the middle row with 60:40 split-folding seats. There are also tray tables for the second row, with slots to hold your devices. To aid access to the third row, the second row will also get one-touch tumble seats. Aside from this, the Alcazar will get features like a blind spot monitor, remote engine start, ventilated seats in the front, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch central infotainment screen, a Bose sound system with eight speakers, voice commands, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting with 64 colours and an air purifier with AQI display, among other kit. With a boot space of 180 litres with seats upright, the Alcazar’s storage space is much more than the Tata Safari’s 73-litre and MG Hector’s 155-litre boot space with the seats up.
Powertrain options on the Hyundai Alcazar
The Alcazar will have both petrol and diesel engine options on offer. The 2-litre petrol engine borrowed from the Tucson produces 157bhp and 191Nm of torque. And the 1.5-litre diesel engine borrowed from the Creta will put out 113.5bhp and 250Nm. Both engines have six-speed manual and automatic transmission choices.
Hyundai Alcazar Price and Rivals
The Alcazar will compete in the seven-seater premium SUV segment with the price tag starting from Rs 16.3 lakh ex-showroom for the seven-seater Prestige variant with the manual ‘box and goes upto Rs 19.99 lakh for the six-seater Signature variant with the automatic ‘box. Prices for mid-spec Platinum variant start at Rs 18.22 lakh for the seven-seater manual variant. Note that these are introductory prices, and are likely to go up in the future. Of the three variants on offer the bookings are split almost evenly between the three. Most customers have opted for six-seater option, there is also a preference towards the diesel engine, while 50 per cent bookings are for the automatic variants.
The main rivals in this segment for the Alcazar are the Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus. The Safari is priced at Rs 14.69 lakh for the base XE variant and goes upto Rs 21.45 lakh. The MG Hector Plus starts from Rs 13.49 lakh ex-showroom and goes up to Rs 19.6 lakh.
Read our first drive review of the Alcazar here -