Hyundai is currently working on the 7-seater version of the Creta that will be launched soon in the Indian market. Recently, the new SUV was spied again on the Indian roads. This will be the first family SUV from Hyundai. There are rumours that it might be called the Alcazar. The new SUV will sit above the Creta but below the Hyundai Tucson. The Alcazar should launch by the end of this year. The Creta is already a well-known name in the Indian market and it has been the most successful mid-size SUV.
There are some differences between the current Creta and the Alcazar. While the front is similar to the current Creta with the split headlamp design where it gets a C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights and LED headlamps. The grille will be finished in chrome and will be slightly tweaked to give the 7-seater version a bit of a premium touch. The side profile will be longer especially the rear third quarters because the rear overhang is longer than the Creta. This has been done to accommodate the third-row of seats. The glass behind the C-pillar is also larger to let in more light for the third-row occupants so that they do not feel claustrophobic. The rear is where the changes are substantial. There will be a redesigned tail lamps, redesigned bumper and a steeper new tailgate.
The second-row seats will be offered with a bench seat that will seat three people at once or two captain seats. The cabin might see some upgrades that will make it feel more premium. Other features will be carried over from the Creta. So, there will be a panoramic sunroof, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, BlueLink connected car technology, leather upholstery, wireless charger, push button to start/stop, digital instrument cluster, front and rear parking sensors, traction control, air purifier, Bose sound system, tyre pressure monitoring system and a lot more.
Powering the Alcazar or Creta 7-seater will be the same engine options as the regular Creta. So, there will be three engine options. There will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.4-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 115 PS of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque whereas the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 140 PS of max power and 242 Nm of peak torque. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. All the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The naturally aspirated petrol engine will get a CVT automatic transmission, the diesel engine will get a torque converter automatic and the turbo petrol will get a 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic gearbox.
We expect the pricing of the Alcazar to start from Rs. 13.2 lakhs ex-showroom for the base variant, while top-end variant will cost you around Rs. 19.9 lakhs ex-showroom. The Hyundai Creta 7-seater will be competing against the Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Tata Safari.