Hyundai is working on a new SUV for India known as Alcazar. It is their first family SUV that will be launching in the Indian market. The Alcazar is a 7-seater version of the Creta which is already the best selling mid-size SUV of the Indian market. The SUV will be officially revealed next month in Rajasthan. The launch of the Alcazar is expected to happen in May this year. Now, Hyundai has officially showcased the sketches of the Alcazar before the launch.
The exterior sketch of the Alcazar shows us how the SUV will look from the rear quarter. We can see the new C-shaped LED tail lamps. There is also a faux skid plate with a honeycomb-like design in the middle. We can see the rear spoiler, a high mounted stoplight and a shark-fin antenna. If we look closely, we can see that the lettering ‘ALCAZAR’ is spelt out on a strip that connects both the tail lamps. At the side, we get side skirts and new diamond-cut alloy wheels. The LED turn indicators are present on the outside rearview mirrors. In the sketches, there are also strong shoulder lines that start from the front wheel arch and continue to the rear one.
There is also a rear sketch that shows us how the cabin of the Alcazar will look like. The cabin gets a dual-tone treatment with a black and tan dashboard and upholstery. However, in the earlier spy shots of the cabin, the upholstery was finished in beige. We would have to wait for the SUV to be officially revealed for the confirmation of this information. In the sketches, we can see the dashboard is similar to the one found on the Creta. There are vertical AC vents and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will come with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and BlueLink connected car technology.
It also gets the same 4-spoke steering wheel which will be leather-wrapped. For the second row, there are two captain chairs. What we are seeing for the first time is the centre console for the rear occupants. It houses two cup holders also. However, this means that the third-row occupants would have to shift the second-row captain chair and travel towards the back for the third-row. You cannot just simply climb inside the cabin and go to the third-row from the space between the captain chairs because that is taken by the centre armrest. There are two seats in the third-row and the occupants also have their own cupholders.
Powering the Alcazar will be the same engine options as the Creta. So, there will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.5-litre diesel engine and the most powerful of all, a 1.4-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine. The 1.5-litre diesel engine will get a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre petrol engine will also get a 6-speed manual gearbox and a CVT automatic transmission. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol will get a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission. It is not known if it will be offered with a manual gearbox or not. Hyundai Alcazar will be competing against the upcoming Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector Plus and the Tata Safari.