Hyundai has confirmed the upcoming Creta-based seven-seater SUV to be called Alcazar. The upcoming model will hit the Indian market soon.
It has been known that Hyundaiis working on a sever-seater SUV version of the best-selling Hyundai Creta for the Indian market. Recently, it is confirmed that the upcoming model will be called Hyundai Alcazar. By adding a new seven-seater SUV to its product line-up, Hyundai expects to strengthen its presence in the SUV market. According to Hyundai, the Alcazar is not just "made in India" but "made first for India."
The main highlights of the Hyundai Alcazar, as the South Korean car brand declares, are the spaciousness and solid quality, which strongly manifests its premium positioning. Upon its launch, the new Creta-based seven-seater SUV will sit below the Tucson and above the Hyundai Creta.
Up to this point, apart from the name, Hyundai has not revealed any detail of the upcoming SUV. Hyundai also confirms that the Alcazar will enter the market soon. Some reports suggested that the Alcazar will keep the wheelbase length at 2,610 mm as in the Hyundai Creta. However, the overall length of the car will be extended to adopt the third row. It is possible that Hyundai Alcazar will be offered in two seating configurations, a proper seven-seater and a six-seater version. The six-seater model is likely to get two captain seaters for the second row while the seven-seater version will come with a bench-type second row that can accommodate up to three occupants.
As for the interior, Hyundai will surely bring out some attractive upmarket features including a 10.25-inch touchscreen, BlueLink connectivity, panoramic sunroof, digital instrument cluster, powered driver seat, wireless charging and more.
In order to create a distinctive identity for the Alcazar, Hyundai will give the new seven-seater SUV some cosmetic updates but not significant. In terms of powertrain, it is likely that Hyundai Creta will carry forward the engine options from the Hyundai Creta, including a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit. On the Creta, the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol is capable of making 115 PS and 144 Nm while the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine generates 140 PS and 242 Nm. The only diesel engine is good for 115 PS and 250 Nm. However, it is expected that the power outputs will be tuned in order to drive a larger body. Similar to other models on Hyundai’s line-up, the Alcazar is likely to get a wide range of transmission options.
Due to its premium positioning, the new Hyundai Alcazar is expected to be priced from around Rs 11.50 lakh and to Rs 19 lakh (ex-showroom). After launch, the seven-seater SUV will rival the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and upcoming new-gen Mahindra XUV500.