Hyundai Alcazar unveiled
The Hyundai Alcazar is in essence a long-wheelbase, six and seven-seater version of the Creta
With the seven-seater car market becoming more populated by the day, thanks to cars like the MG Hector Plus and the Tata Safari, Hyundai decided it wanted a piece of that pie as well and the result of that is the new Alcazar ‒ a six and seven-seater derivative of the Creta. And finally, after months of rumours, we get to see it in its production-spec avatar and have some details you’d like to know.
Hyundai Alcazar Design
The Hyundai Alcazar, as we mentioned earlier is a long-wheelbase version of the Creta — 150mm longer to be specific. Which means that the Alcazar, at 2760mm, has a longer wheelbase than even the Hector Plus and the Tata Safari. The Alcazar features 18-inch rims and gets disc brakes on the rear as well. Look at the Alcazar from the side and the similarities to the Creta begin to fade. It gets longer rear overhangs and a boxier rear-end to accommodate the extra row of seats. Speaking of seats, the Alcazar can be configured to have either six or seven seats on the inside. The Alcazar gets an all-new rear end with redesigned tail lights and a longer, more straighter roofline. Even on the front, the grille of the car has been reworked and is made up of many small rectangles instead of the horizontal slats as found on the Creta. The changes to the Alcazar over the Creta are minor, especially from the front, but the Alcazar does look fairly distinct from the rear.
Hyundai Alcazar Powertrain
The Hyundai Alcazar will be available in two engine configurations, the third-generation Nu 2-litre petrol engine, which is one generation newer than the 2-litre petrol engines found on the Tucson and the Elantra. The Nu 2-litre engine is good for 156bhp and 191.2Nm. The other engine available is the U2 1.5-litre diesel engine that is found on the Creta and i20 but the gearing has been slightly altered for the Alcazar. The outputs for the U2 1.5-litre diesel engine stand at 113.4bhp and 250Nm. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be available with a six-speed torque converter automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. The Hyundai Alcazar will also feature three drive modes, namely: Eco, City and Sport.
Commenting on the reveal of the Hyundai Alcazar, S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “With a deep-rooted understanding of our customer’s aspirations, our R&D Centre has invested countless man hours to ensure every aspect of Hyundai ALCAZAR exudes magnificence. And combined with our premium and superior manufacturing capabilities & rich heritage of ‘Make in India’, we have crafted the perfect masterpiece of grandeur. Hyundai ALCAZAR is well set to enter a new segment, marking Hyundai’s genesis into uncharted territories. With bold new moves, we are on a conquest of redefining benchmarks to exceed the aspirations of our customers.”
When launched, the Hyundai Alcazar will go up against the likes of the MG Hector Plus and the Tata Safari, and we expect to be priced around 16 lakh ex-showroom for the base variant while higher-spec variants would certainly cross the Rs 20 lakh mark. Watch this space and follow us Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to be the first to read our first drive impressions.