Hyundai Creta’s 7-seater version is one of the most awaited launches of this year. The new SUV was spotted once again during testing on our Indian roads. The manufacturer is working on the new SUV for quite some time now and the test mules appear to be production-ready. Hyundai also registered a new name last year called ‘Alcazar’ so the new 7-seater could be called Alcazar when it is launched. The Creta 7-seater will be the first family SUV in Hyundai’s portfolio. It will be competing with the upcoming Mahindra XUV500, soon launching Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus.
The design of the Alcazar stays mostly the same as the Creta. However, there are some differences like the rear end and the longer rear overhang. From the spy shots, we can see a different C-shaped LED tail lamps, redesigned bumper and a steep tailgate. The rear overhang is also longer than the Creta to accommodate the third-row of seats. It still comes with prominent wheel arches, shark fin antenna and there should be a larger rear quarter window. The larger rear quarter window should allow more light to pass into the cabin, which will make the third-row less claustrophobic.
There will also be larger diamond-cut alloy wheels for the Alcazar. The front design of the SUV stays the same with C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps with LED headlamps. Although the lower variants will get a halogen projector setup. There might be a more premium looking grille for the 7-seater SUV to distinguish it from the Creta.
The interior will also stay mostly the same as the Creta. It might get a dual-tone beige theme for a more airy feeling cabin. It will get the same four-spoke steering wheel of the Creta. There will be features like a digital instrument cluster, leather upholstery, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, connected car technology and Bose sound system on the higher-end variants. There will be features like automatic climate control, push-button to start/stop, multi-information display, cooled glovebox, wireless charger, rear parking sensors, reversing parking camera, air purifier, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system stability program and a lot more. Hyundai will also offer a panoramic sunroof to let in more light to the cabin. There should be an option for the buyer to get the second row as a bench seat that will seat three people or two captain chairs. The captain chair seating will make the cabin feel more premium than a bench seat.
Hyundai will be using the same set of engines as the Creta for its 7-seater version. So, 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 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 140 PS of max power and 242 Nm of peak torque. All the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.5-litre petrol gets a CVT automatic transmission, the 1.5-litre diesel engine gets a torque converter automatic gearbox and the 1.4-litre turbo petrol gets a 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic transmission. The price of the Creta 7-seater should start from Rs. 13.2 lakhs ex-showroom. The SUV is expected to get launched by the end of 2021.