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7-seat Hyundai Creta compact SUV launching in second half of 2021

Hyundai Creta has been a huge success in the Indian market. MG Hector and the Kia Seltos did manage to take away some its number 1 spot, but Hyundai launched an all-new generation of Creta at the Auto Expo 2020. This helped Creta to take away its number 1 position from the competitors and become the best selling mid-size SUV again. Hyundai still does not have a 7-seater SUV in their line-up whereas competitors like MG has the Hector Plus, Mahindra has the XUV500 and Tata will soon be launching the Gravitas.

Hyundai earlier registered the name “Alcazar” which we presume is for the upcoming Creta 7-seater. It will be priced higher than the Creta so expect it to start from around Rs. 13.2 lakhs ex-showroom for the base variant, while top-end variant will cost you around Rs. 19.9 lakhs ex-showroom. According to the recent reports, the Creta 7-seater will be reaching the dealerships in the second half of 2021.

The new family SUV from Hyundai has already been spied being tested on International roads. We can see from the spy shots that the front of the Alcazar retains its front-end styling from the Creta. So, there will be a C-shaped split LED headlamps, cascading front grille, fog lamps and a faux skid plate. The side profile will also stay similar to the Creta but where there will be a difference is the rear overhang which will be longer than the regular Creta.

This is done to accommodate the third-row seats, which could be folded down to increase the boot space. The alloy wheels from the spy shots also are derived from the Creta. The biggest change will be at the rear of the Creta 7-seater. It will be redesigned to accommodate a new tweaked set of larger LED tail lamps, redesigned rear bumper and skid plate. Hyundai will also give a shark fin antenna and rear spoiler to the new SUV. It will also get the same twin-tip exhaust as the Creta Turbo.

The interiors of the Alcazar will remain more or less the same. It might offer some wooden inserts for a more premium cabin. Also, we are expecting it to offer captain seat option for the middle-row. There is a high chance that Hyundai offers captain seats for the second row because the Hector Plus and the Gravitas will be offering it. It will be equipped with features like a premium Bose surround system, tyre pressure monitoring system, air purifier, front parking sensors, traction control, stability program, panoramic sunroof etc. Hyundai will also offer the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There will also be a digital instrument cluster on higher variants.

Powering the Hyundai Alcazar will be the 1.4-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine that produces 140 PS of max power and 242 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic transmission. We can safely assume this because Alcazar being a bigger SUV than Creta will require a more powerful engine. Also, the twin-tip exhaust system is the same one as we have seen on the Creta Turbo. The new SUV will also be offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. We are also expecting it to offer the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine on the lower variants. The engine will produce 115 PS of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque.

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