Hyundai launched the Alcazar in June and it has been selling well. The SUV is offered in 6 or 7-seater versions. The manufacturer has now added a 7-seater version to the Platinum(O) variant. As of now, it is only offered with a diesel engine that too when mated to the automatic gearbox. The petrol engine with an automatic gearbox does not get a 7-seater version. The new variant is priced at Rs. 19.63 lakhs ex-showroom. It costs Rs. 15,000 less than the 6-seater version. So, it offers more flexibility to the customers.
The Platinum(O) is the only variant that is offered as a 6-seater and a 7-seater whereas other variants are only offered as a 6-seater or a 7-seater. It gets a long feature list. For safety, there are rear disc brakes, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Start Assist, Automatic headlamps, LED fog lamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electrochromatic mirror, Emergency Stop Signal, Speed Alert System, Driver Rear View Monitor, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Parking Camera with Adaptive Guidelines and Dual Airbags. Moreover, you also get the side and curtain airbags, 360-degree parking camera, Blind View Monitor and Height Adjustable seatbelt.
Just like any other Hyundai, there is a boatload of features on offer. The Platinum(O) comes with Trio beam LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED positioning lamps, puddle lamps, LED tail lamps, side footstep, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, dual-tone interiors, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, 64 colour ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof that is voice-enabled, electronic parking brake, smart key with push-button start, remote engine start, air purifier, cruise control, automatic climate control and a lot more.
If you get the 6-seater version then you get two captain chairs for the second row. There is also a dedicated central console for the second-row occupants. The central console houses two cup holders, a wireless charger and some storage. No other SUV in the segment offers a second-row centre console.
Alcazar is offered in two engine options. There is a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine puts out 159 Ps of max power and 191 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine produces 115 Ps of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. If you get the automatic gearbox then you get paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. There are also three drive modes on offer, namely Comfort, Eco and Sport, Moreover, you also get three traction modes. There are Sand, Snow and Mud.
The prices of the Alcazar starts at Rs. 16.30 lakhs ex-showroom and will go up to Rs. 20.14 lakhs ex-showroom. The starting price might seem a bit high but unlike other competitors, there is no base variant of the Alcazar. Even the lower-spec Prestige variant comes equipped with a lot of features as standard. The Alcazar competes against the Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus.