Hyundai is preparing a new 7-seater SUV for the Indian market. It will be the manufacturer’s first 7-seater SUV in India. It is named Alcazar and is based on their best selling SUV, Creta. According to AutocarPro, the SUV is expected to launch in the Indian market before June 2021. This date is a bit sooner than everyone was expecting but that is a good thing. The Alcazar will sit below their flagship SUV Tucson and higher than the Creta. The new Alcazar will be competing against the outgoing XUV500, recently launched Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus.
Design-wise the Alcazar will be similar to the Creta. The front face will be the same as the Creta. However, it will get more chrome up-front so that it looks more premium. From the side profile also the SUV will be a lot similar to the Creta. Except for the fact, that it will come with a larger rear overhang which will accommodate the third-row seats. At the rear, there will be a new more up-right tailgate that will have a different design and it will also have different LED tail lamps.
For the front there will be the same tri-beam projector LED headlamps with split LED Daytime Running Lamps. The fog lamps and the turn indicators will still be placed in the lower half of the bumper. There will also be a faux skidplate finished in silver. At the side, the profile quarter window will be different and longer so that the third-row occupants do not feel claustrophobic. What will also help in making the cabin feel airy is the black and beige cabin and upholstery theme. Also, there will be a panoramic sunroof to let in a lot of light into the cabin. From the previous spy shots, we already know that there will be captain chairs as an option with the Alcazar. What Hyundai will be offering as a unique thing in this segment is the centre console armrest for the second-row occupants. The centre console will house a wireless charger, and two cupholders.
Just like any other Hyundai, the Alcazar will be equipped with a lot of features. It will come with a wireless charger, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, digital instrument cluster, traction control, stability program, air purifier and a lot more. There will also be BlueLink connected car technology and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Powering the Alcazar will be the same set of engines that we have seen on the Creta. There will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a CVT automatic gearbox, a 1.5-litre diesel engine offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine offered with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 PS and 250 Nm. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 115 PS and 144 Nm whereas the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 140 PS and 242 Nm.